Anucha Browne was selected as the NCAA’s vice president of women’s basketball championships in August 2012 to set the strategic direction for, and oversee the operation and management of, the Division I, II and III women’s basketball championships. She serves as the primary liaison to the women’s basketball committees and provides strategic oversight of the site-selection process for each championship.
Before coming to the NCAA, Browne was named the senior associate athletic director for marketing at the University at Buffalo in 2007 where she was responsible for marketing the revenue sports while overseeing ticket operations, promotions and corporate sales efforts. She was instrumental in producing higher ticket, suite and sponsor revenues, as well as spearheading a new community service initiative that increased the community outreach for all Buffalo student-athletes. Browne also served as the senior women’s administrator focusing on the gender equity issues within the athletic department.
In addition to college athletics, Browne was hired in 2000 by Madison Square Garden to serve as the New York Knicks’ vice president of marketing where she became one of the highest-ranking female executives in professional sports. Before the Knicks, Browne spent 11 years at IBM leveraging its technology investments in the NBA, tennis Grand Slams, the PGA and the 1996, 1998 and 2000 Olympic Games. She got her career start working at Kodak after graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in communications.
As a student-athlete at Northwestern, Browne was the Wildcats’ first All-American women’s basketball player and set 24 school records, most of which still stand today. She was a two-time Wade Trophy finalist and a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year award. She was named NU’s women’s basketball player of the decade in 1992 as part of the Big Ten Conference’s 10-year anniversary of women’s intercollegiate athletics. She was also inducted into the Northwestern Hall of Fame in 1993.
During her senior season, she became the first woman in NCAA history to tally six straight 30-plus-point performances and she lead the nation in scoring (30.5 points per game). She was selected to the Kodak, Street & Smith’s and Women’s Sports Foundation’s All-American teams. She also captured Big Ten Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive year and was the conference’s all-time leading scorer with 2,307 points. In her junior year, she became the first woman and the fourth person in Big Ten history to lead the conference in scoring and rebounding in the same season.
Browne also earned a Master’s degree in Marketing Communication at Florida State University. She was named to the Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” in 2003 and was recognized as a woman of power and influence in 2008 by the National Organization of Women. Browne has served on several boards including the Children’s Village, the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators. She currently serves on the DeVos Sport Business Management Program’s Board of Advisors, Beyond Sport’s Board of Advisors, the Board of Directors for Advocates for Athletic Equity, as well as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Board and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
She has three children, including a son and a daughter who are collegiate lacrosse student athletes.