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Wesleyan Provost Selected for National Leadership Development Program

Dr. Michael B. Brown

Rocky Mount, NC North Carolina Wesleyan College is pleased to announce that Michael B. Brown, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, is one of 18 senior academic administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in the 2014 Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers. Generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the leadership development seminar is designed to foster the perspectives and skills that can lead CAOs to succeed in unpredictable times.

Individuals chosen for the program are chief academic officers in higher education who wish to prepare for changes and challenges in the decades ahead, understand complex and unprecedented situations, and further develop strategic wisdom. As a participant, Brown will attend a seminar this summer to be held in Annapolis, Md.  John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will lead the colloquium, which will engage participants in cases drawn from classical and contemporary readings—ranging from Sophocles to Eudora Welty—and compare them with situations that today’s chief academic officers face. Examination, discussion, and reflection will help participants reflect on power, ethics, and responsibility and strengthen their leadership skills.

“The review committee found the nomination materials for the program to be most impressive,” said Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. They (and I) believe that Dr. Brown has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior academic responsibility on campus.”

Dr. Brown earned the Ph.D. degree in school psychology from Virginia Tech. 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.

“I am delighted that Michael Brown has been invited to participate in this significant leadership seminar,” said Wesleyan President James Gray, III. “Since joining us this year he has provided effective leadership for the college, and both he and Wesleyan will benefit from this opportunity to enhance his expertise in academic leadership.”

For more information about the Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers, visit

NC Wesleyan College is a private liberal arts institution with a current enrollment of approximately 1,500 traditional and adult students. The college offers 27 major and 20 minor degree programs and, in addition to the home campus in Rocky Mount, supports 9 regional locations throughout eastern North Carolina.  (

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 744 nonprofit independent colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.