university leader, HBCU advocate and supporter, community economic development experience, sustainability advocate, organizational change
Carlton E. Brown, Ed.D.
Dr. Brown Received both his Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies and his Ed.D. in Multicultural Education and Organizational Change from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
While he has worked primarily in higher education, Dr. Carlton E. Brown was a teacher in an alternative high school in Springfield Massachusetts for three years after completion of his undergraduate degree. He has held progressive positions in higher education and is viewed as a significant agent of change. These positions include service as Assistant and then Associate Professor of Education and Urban Services at Old Dominion University where he taught and conducted research across three programs: Teacher Education, Counseling and Administrative Leadership, and In the Urban Services Doctoral Program.
In 1987, he was called to serve at Hampton University, first as Dean of the School of Education, then as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, and lastly, as Vice President for Planning and Dean of the Graduate College. While at Hampton University, he increased teacher education enrollment by 600% and led the development of Hampton 2000 – the transformative strategic plan that led Hampton into deeper research and doctoral programs. In 1997, The Georgia Board of Regents appointed Dr. Brown as the 11th President of Savannah State University where he grew enrollment by 50%, increased research capacity to become the fifth largest research capacity in the University System of Georgia, achieved new accreditations for the School of Business and the Department of Mass Media Arts.
The University System of Georgia Board of Regents appointed Dr. Brown as Special Assistant to the Chancellor for System-Wide Initiatives in 2007. However, Clark Atlanta University soon asked Dr. Brown to serve as Provost and Executive Vice President. In July of 2008, Dr. Brown was appointed to serve as President of Clark Atlanta University. Under Dr. Brown’s leadership, the University has expanded its research to develop one of the largest centers for prostate cancer research in the nation, reestablished the Phylon, the Journal established by WEB DuBois on race and culture, renovated six historic buildings, and launched the university into innovation and entrepreneurialism
Service has always been an important aspect of Dr. Brown’s work. As an undergraduate, he was one of four students and three faculty members who established the W.E.B. DuBois Department of African American Studies at UMass-Amherst. He was also a member of the University’s Martin Luther King Social Action Council and became the cofounder of The Drum, the first Black Literary Magazine at a New England State University. At both Old Dominion University and at Hampton University, he developed, secured funding and operated summer science and technology programs for middle school students. In Virginia, he worked with several youth serving organizations and served as Vice Chair of the Hampton City School Board.
Dr. Brown chaired the Savannah Economic Development Authority Board of Directors for three years as well as the Savannah-Chatham County Youth Futures Authority. In Atlanta, Dr. Brown serves as a member of the Mayor’s Atlanta Committee for Progress and on the Board of Directors of the Metro-Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
State and National service have also been important aspects of Dr. Brown’s professional life. While at Hampton, he was appointed to serve as a member of the State Department of Education Committee on Teacher Education Reform. He led Hampton to membership in the Holmes Group, the education reform collaborative of top national research universities. Dr. Brown served as Vice Chair of its Board of Directors. He also chaired the National Multicultural Committee of the American Association for Teacher Education. He currently serves as a member of the Board of the National Alliance for Equal Opportunity, the organization of black college presidents and a member of the Corporate Board of Directors of UNCF. His leadership has also brought him to new ventures. He is a member of the Board of Momentus, anew collaborative of sustainability groups, a founding director of Generation Solution, a support organization for collegiate work in sustainability. Additionally, he was recently appointed to the National Advisory Board of the Stanford University Epicenter, the largest and most effective innovation laboratory.
Dr. Brown’s research involvements span from research on the disproportionate involvement of Minority students in school disciplinary actions to research on leadership in Black Colleges and teaching and learning for innovation.
Dr. Brown exercises other broad interests as well. He is a sports enthusiast, particularly division to collegiate sports. He has been a tennis player and occasionally golfs. His reading and study interests span the spectrum from philosophy through religion and physics.