UNCP provost to lead Tennessee university


Dr. Roger Brown, provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at UNC Pembroke, will be introduced as the new Chancellor of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on April 25.

 Roger Brown

Dr. Roger Brown and wife Dr. Carolyn Thompson

“Dr. Brown has served UNCP in an outstanding fashion over the last five years,” said Chancellor Allen C. Meadors. “He has been instrumental in transforming Academic Affairs into a fully integrated and comprehensive academic unit. He has not only been an excellent Provost, but a wonderful friend and colleague.
“ We wish Roger and his wife, Dr. Carolyn Thompson, who has done an equally great job in establishing our University Honors College as its first dean, all the best in their new adventure at UTC,” Chancellor Meadors said. “Please join me in congratulating Dr. Brown on his new appointment.”

Arriving at UNCP in 2000, Dr. Brown helped direct the growth of faculty and programs.

During his tenure were seven new masters degree programs and five new majors, including a four-year Bachelor of Science in nursing program. Faculty grew from 226 in 2000 to 345 this spring.

UNCP has eight satellite campuses across the region and a ninth will be added at Ft. Bragg this summer. On-line classes and programs were initiated during Dr. Brown’s tenure. Grant receipts nearly doubled.

Dr. Jesse Peters, chair of the Faculty Senate, praised Dr. Brown’s commitment to the faculty.

“Dr. Brown has served UNCP well during his five years as provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs,” Dr. Peters said. “He has shown a strong commitment to the faculty here, and UTC will be lucky to have him as their Chancellor. I, for one, will be sad to see him leave UNCP, and I wish him all the best in his new position.”

In Tennessee, Dr. Brown was hailed as a proven academic leader and a returning native son. UT President Dr. John D. Petersen announced his recommendation and said Brown was chosen after a national search.

“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, Dr. Carolyn Thompson, will be officially introduced to UTC faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters in the Chattanooga community at a function on April 25.

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 served in various academic and administration capacities at UNC Charlotte before joining UNCP.