Rocky Mount, NC – After an extensive national search, North Carolina Wesleyan College has selected Dr. Michael B. Brown as its new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. He assumed his new duties July 15. Dr. Brown most recently served as professor of psychology and associate dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University.
In announcing Dr. Brown’s appointment, Wesleyan President James A. Gray said, “We are thrilled that Dr. Brown has joined us as provost. 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.”
Dr. Brown said, “It is an honor to be selected as the next provost of North Carolina Wesleyan College. 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. Everyone I have met on campus is dedicated to student success. I am excited about becoming a participant in this important mission of the college.”
Wesleyan’s 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.
Dr. Brown succeeds former provost Dr. Jay Stubblefield, who accepted a similar position at South University in Savannah, Ga., last year. Dr. Evan Duff, Wesleyan’s vice president of adult education, served as interim provost.
Dr. Brown said, “I look forward to working with our outstanding faculty and the college leadership team as Wesleyan moves to its next level of greatness.”
Dr. Brown earned his bachelor of science in biology, his master of science in family and child development, and his doctorate in school psychology from Virginia Tech. He completed a pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He is a licensed psychologist and a nationally certified school psychologist.
At East Carolina University, Dr. Brown was a department chairperson for three years prior to becoming associate dean. In 2004, he was selected as an American Council of Education Fellow and spent the 2004-2005 academic year as an academic administration fellow with William Durden, President of Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pa.
He received the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award in 2000 and the East Carolina Univeristy Scholar-Teacher Award in 2007. The North Carolina College Personnel Association presented Dr. Brown with its Outstanding Service in Support of the Profession Award in 2006 and the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2010.
Keenly interested in student development, Dr. Brown was faculty advisor for Alpha Xi Delta sorority at East Carolina and was recognized as Outstanding Faculty Advisor for 2012 by the ECU PanHellenic Council. In addition, he was faculty advisor for the Fencing Club and the Wakeboard and Waterski Club, and served for 15 years as faculty advisor for Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, which also has a chapter at North Carolina Wesleyan.
Dr. Brown said, “A sound education that prepares students to participate as active members of our democratic society and to be successful in an increasingly global society is a critical need. Wesleyan’s long heritage of providing students with a strong education in the liberal arts and selected professional disciplines provides a sound basis for student success after graduation.”
A native of Washington, DC, Dr. Brown and his wife, Susan, have a daughter, Catherine.