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Campus welcomes Chancellor elect Roger Brown

Chancellor elect Roger Brown
Becoming chancellor of UTC will be “one perfect job” for Dr. Roger Brown, who met faculty, staff, students, and friends of the University this week in a reception at the University Center. Brown, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, was Dr. John Petersen’s choice to lead UTC. Brown’s appointment must be approved by the UT Board of Trustees.

Brown said he and his wife, Dr. Carolyn Thompson will take on the role of good stewards of the University.

“UTC is an urban university beautifully integrated into the community. It is an institution uniquely aware of its sense of place, grounded and beloved in Chattanooga and the Chattanooga area,” Brown told the crowd.

Brown said he will use this opportunity to study, learn, and practice his leadership skills, and he expressed the commitment he and his wife will make upon assuming their roles.

“We will strive every day of our time at UTC to live up to your high expectations and to hand back the keys to the chancellor’s office having left the university even better than we found it," Brown said.

Thompson, head of the UNC-Pembroke honors program, said for a few years, she plans to concentrate solely on the duties of a chancellor’s wife.

Brown, a native of Bristol, Tennessee, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from The University of Tennessee Knoxville. He received his doctorate in political science from The Johns Hopkins University.

With UT board approval, Brown will take office by July 1. He will replace former Chancellor Bill Stacy, who left in August to become headmaster of Baylor School.

Gallery of Brown Visit

April 29, 2005

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