The University of North Texas System (UNTS) Board of Regents voted today to name Ronald T. Brown, Ph.D., the sole finalist for the presidency of the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas).
UNT System Chancellor Lee F. Jackson recommended Dr. Brown to the Board, after receiving recommendations from a Presidential Search Advisory Committee comprised of campus, system and community leaders.
Dr. Brown is provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wayne State University, a major public university with more than 32,000 students in Detroit, Michigan. Previously, Brown also served as dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work and interim dean of the School of Dentistry at Temple University in Philadelphia. Under his leadership, the college experienced unprecedented growth in enrollment, philanthropy and research funding and he raised more than $20 million as part of Temple’s capital campaign. Additionally, Brown has held academic positions in public and private institutions, including Emory University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Adelaide.
“This is a good time for recruiting proven national academic leadership to Texas because of our economic strength. I was pleased with the quality of candidates who were interested in joining us as we build a brand new public university in southern Dallas County. As a relatively young institution with unlimited potential, it is essential for UNT Dallas to have a proven leader who can take this university to the next level,” said UNT System Chancellor Lee F. Jackson. “Dr. Brown is exceptionally well-matched for UNT Dallas, with a strong personal academic record and solid experience at two large urban universities. I am pleased to welcome him to Dallas and to the UNT System.”
Brown has had a distinguished academic career as a scholar. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from Emory University and received his Ph.D. from Georgia State University. He completed the Management Development Program and the Institute for Management Leadership in Education at Harvard University. A licensed and board certified psychologist Brown has served as a consultant to attorneys, universities and the federal government.
“As a first generation college graduate himself, we believe that Ron Brown brings a strong commitment to the success of first generation college students,” said UNT System Board Chairman Jack Wall. At Wayne State, he led the redesign of student advising strategies that resulted in considerable improvements in first and second year student retention rates. Additionally, Brown implemented a program that significantly increased transfer students from community colleges and increased undergraduate student academic preparation on such measures as ACT scores and high school GPA.
Brown is the recipient of the Scholar of the Year Award and the Mitchell I. Rubin Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Medical Science in the Field of Health Care in Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. He also received the Martin P. Levin Award for Mentorship and the Logan Wright Distinguished Research Award from the Society of Pediatric Psychology. Brown has published nine books and more than 300 academic articles.
“We have come a long way on the road that has brought the University of North Texas at Dallas from vision to reality,” said State Senator Royce West a member of the Search Advisory Committee. “I’m confident that the selection of Dr. Ron Brown as the next president will enhance the institutional development of UNT Dallas. Dr. Brown has a wealth of administrative, financial and community experience at Wayne State in Detroit. His understanding of higher education in an urban setting will help UNT Dallas fulfill its potential among Texas’s institutions of higher learning.”