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Roger D. Brown, Ph.D.

Roger G. Brown, Ph.D.

Brown choice as chancellor at UTC

A proven academic leader and native Tennessean will be the next Chancellor of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, pending Trustee approval.

Roger G. Brown, Ph.D, who is currently Provost and Vice Chancellor for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, will be recommended to the UT Board of Trustees and could assume the UTC role on or before July 1.

UT President Dr. John D. Petersen announced his recommendation and said Brown was chosen after a very thorough and active search committee process.

“In Roger Brown we have a proven academic leader with the vision and experience necessary to build on the successes of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and to help that campus reach even greater heights,” Petersen said. “The competitiveness of the search underscores our confidence that we have an outstanding choice to lead the UTC campus.”

Brown and his wife, Carolyn Thompson, will be officially introduced to UTC faculty, staff, students, and alumni and supporters in the Chattanooga community at a function on Monday, April 25, at 10:00 A.M. in the UTC University Center.

UTC faculty member, Dr. Verbie Prevost, who chaired the 17-person search committee, said “I am thrilled with the selection. Dr. Brown was a clear choice among three outstanding finalists. We felt his specific experience with the University of North Carolina—Charlotte was a good match with the urban environment and vision at UTC and that he is well suited to deal with both our internal and external constituencies.”

“The committee felt his ties to our state and his understanding of our system were very strong assets,” Prevost said.

Brown received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Political Science from the University of Tennessee---Knoxville and his doctorate in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University.

Brown had served in his present role at UNC-Pembroke since 2000 and prior to that had served since 1991 in various academic and administration capacities with UNC—Charlotte. Those positions included that of Senior Associate Provost and Associate Provost, as well as Interim Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He also served as Chair of the Department of Political Science for two years and was Coordinator of the Masters of Public Administration program.

Petersen said on behalf of the Trustees and the faculty and students at UTC, “We owe a great debt of gratitude to Dr. Fred Obear who returned from retirement to serve as interim chancellor while this search was underway. Thanks to Dr. Obear’s efforts, the new chancellor will come into a positive environment with a campus poised to quickly move forward under new leadership.”

April 21, 2005