Apr 152013


B. Lamont Lowery/

Michael Brown

Monday, April 15, 2013


After an extensive national search that began last August, North Carolina Wesleyan College has selected Michael B. Brown as the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

Brown serves as professor of psychology and associate dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Brown will be joining us as provost,” N.C. Wesleyan President James Gray said. “We conducted a careful search for the right combination of academic and administrative skills needed to enhance our college. It worked out wonderfully that an experienced educator of Dr. Brown’s stature was just 45 minutes away in Greenville.”

The Wesleyan provost serves as the chief academic officer responsible for the oversight and advancement of undergraduate and professional education. The provost advocates for academic priorities, works to recruit and retain a superb and diverse faculty, and marshals resources in support of excellent teaching, research and service.

“I am pleased to join a college with a strong commitment to undergraduate education, as well as adult programs that extend throughout eastern North Carolina,” Brown said. “Everyone I met on campus is dedicated to student success. I am excited about becoming a participant in this important mission of the college.”

Brown is replacing Jay Stubblefield, who left the college last summer to accept a similar position at South University in Savannah, Ga.

N.C. Wesleyan Vice President Evan Duff has served as the interim provost.

Brown attended Virginia Tech, where he earned the bachelor of science degree in biology, a master of science degree in family and child development, and completed his doctorate in school psychology. He completed a pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

Brown is a licensed psychologist and a nationally certified school psychologist.

At ECU, Brown was a department chairman for three years prior to becoming associate dean. In 2004, he was selected as an American Council of Education Fellow and spent the 2004-05 academic year as an academic administration fellow with William Durden, president of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.

Brown received the UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award in 2000 and the ECU Scholar-Teacher Award in 2007. The N.C. College Personnel Association presented Brown its Outstanding Service in Support of the Profession Award in 2006 and the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2010.

Brown is the faculty advisor for Alpha Xi Delta sorority and was recognized as Outstanding Faculty Advisor for 2012 by the ECU PanHellenic Council. In addition, he served for 15 years as the faculty adviser for Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology.

N.C. Wesleyan College is a private liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 1,500 traditional and adult students. The college offers 23 major and 20 minor degree programs and, in addition to the home campus in Rocky Mount, supports seven regional locations throughout eastern North Carolina.

A native of Washington, D.C., Brown lives in Greenville with his wife, Susan, a second-grade teacher at The Oakwood School. Their daughter, Catherine, is a junior at UNC Wilmington.

via The Daily Reflector.


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