Dr. Ronald T. Brown

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Dr. Ronald T. Brown will be on campus Monday, October 22 for interviews and public forums.  View or print the full schedule for Dr. Ronald T. Brown  [PDF]


Ronald T. Brown is provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Wayne State, which has 13 colleges and schools, is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a university “with very high research activity.” This designation places it among only 2.3 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities. The university is one of the region’s largest employers and contributes more than $3 billion to the economy each year.

As senior vice president, Dr. Brown oversees a budget of more than $500 million. His direct reports include the university’s schools and colleges as well as information technology, the University Archives, the Archives of Urban and Labor Affairs, and the Wayne State University Press. He also presides over the Academic Senate. At Wayne State, Dr. Brown has directed a major retention and academic success initiative and an online learning program.

Dr. Brown previously was dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work as well as interim dean of the School of Dentistry at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. Under his leadership the college experienced unprecedented growth in enrollment, philanthropy and research funding. He chaired several projects at Temple, including the college’s strategic planning and key hiring initiatives. As part of Temple’s capital campaign, he raised more than $20 million, including funding for endowed chairs and major scholarship programs. He has continued his fund-raising activities at Wayne State. Dr. Brown has held academic positions in public and private institutions including Emory University, the University of Illinois and the University of Adelaide. He also has provided leadership for a variety of national associations.

Dr. Brown received 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 has served on the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association, where he also was president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology. He received the society’s Martin P. Levin Award for Mentorship and the Logan Wright Distinguished Research Award. He has been a member of the Behavioral Medicine Interventions and Outcomes study section at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also chaired several special panels at NIH, including an intramural review of the Pediatric Oncology Branch, and served on the advisory board of the Heart Lung and Blood Institute, Sickle Cell Branch. Dr. Brown is president-elect of the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers. Other boards of which he is a member include the American Academy of Pediatrics, Psychosocial Committee; Detroit Receiving Hospital; and the Center on Work and Family at Claremont McKenna College.

Dr. Brown graduated with high honors from Emory University and earned his doctorate from Georgia State University in 1978. His research and publications focus on clinical and pediatric psychology; he has published nine books and more than 300 articles. He is past editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and is editor-elect of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. He has received more than $20 million dollars in federal grants from NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Office of Education. A licensed and board-certified psychologist, Dr. Brown has directed a pre- and post-doctoral clinical psychology program and served as a consultant to attorneys, universities and the federal government.