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Carlton Brown

Carlton Brown, Ed.D. retired from the presidency of Clark Atlanta University in June of 2015 after seven years of service preceded by one year as executive vice president and provost. He previously served as special assistant to the chancellor of the University System of Georgia for the implementation of system-wide change initiatives.

Brown’s first presidency was at Savannah State University from 1997-2006. Previously, he spent ten years in the administration of Hampton University as a dean of education, dean of liberal arts and education, then dean of the graduate college and vice president for planning.

Known as an agent of change and a builder of institutional communities, Brown has successfully developed new programs and re-engineered programs and schools throughout his career. He has led the development of strategic plans at all three institutions and the reclamation of cultural history.

He chaired the development of Hampton 2000 in 1994 which built the infrastructure and process for increased research and the development of its first Ph.D. programs. At Savannah State University, his plan led to accreditations for business and mass communications, increased funded research, a 50 percent increase in enrollment, a complete rebuilding of student housing and strong community impact–all while significantly improving the student profile.

At Clark Atlanta University, he led a strategic plan that resulted in significant change in academic programs, changed student profiles, broader research and entry into the fields of innovation and tech entrepreneurship, and a radically new approach to general education. At CAU, Brown re-established the Phylon Journal and built the DuBois Institute.

He has served on the boards of NAFEO, UNCF, the Holmes Group, and AACTE. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Epicenter at Stanford University, and Momentus: a Sustainability Collaborative. In civic and professional service, Dr. Brown has served as the chair of the AACTE National Commission on Multicultural Education, the Board of Directors of the Youth Futures Authority in Savannah, the Savannah Economic Development Authority, and the University Consortium for Liberia. He has served as vice chair of the Hampton Virginia School Board. He also currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Osei TuTu Institute of Technology in Ghana.

Brown holds a B.A. in English and American Studies as well as an Ed.D. in Multicultural Education and Organizational Change, both from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.