ARLINGTON — NCAA Vice President of Women’s Basketball Championships Anucha Browne will serve as the keynote speaker at Arlington Memorial High School’s (AMHS) graduation on Saturday, June 10. The ceremony will begin at 12 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
Browne began her career in basketball as a Northwestern University Wildcat. During her four years, she was twice named as a Wade and Naismith Trophy Finalist and was a three-time member of the All-Big Ten Conference and Women’s Sports Federation All-American teams. Browne was selected as Northwestern University’s Athlete of the Century and Athlete of the Decade and was named to the Big Ten Conference All-Decade Team. She still holds the conference record for scoring 2,307 points and 951 rebounds. Browne was inducted into Northwestern’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.
After college Brown began a career in sports marketing, first at IBM, where she oversaw sports-related initiatives including three Olympic Games; and later, for the New York Knicks where she was senior vice president of marketing and business operations. Browne left the Knicks franchise to work for the University of Buffalo as senior associate athletic director for marketing. In 2012, Browne began her career with the NCAA where she is responsible for the strategic direction and management of Division I, II and III women’s basketball championships.
Browne was recently awarded the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative’s Trailblazer Award for her numerous contributions and achievements in business, sports and the community. She is a board member of both the Black Coaches Association and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators. Browne earned her master’s degree from Florida State University.
Arlington Memorial Principal Tim Stewart invited Browne to speak to the graduates. “I knew she could deliver a message that would be both powerful and memorable. At AMHS, we strive to impress the importance of respect, responsibility and accountability; and Ms. Browne encompasses all of these traits and more. We are honored to have her with us on such an important day.”