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President Brown Will Step Down In 2003

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President Denny Brown of Clarkson University announced today (March 26) that he will retire as president effective June 30, 2003.

“Anne and I have determined that the next academic year will mark the end of our time at Clarkson,” said President Brown in a letter to the campus. “Both Anne and I have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Clarkson and our time in the North Country. The warmth and support of the Clarkson community that we have experienced is something we will always cherish. Our interaction with Clarkson students and their families has, likewise, been a source of genuine pleasure.”dbrown

Chairman of the Clarkson Board of Trustees Donald C. Clark ’53 praised Brown’s achievements, saying, “We have been most fortunate to have had Denny Brown’s leadership for these past seven years. His retirement will mark the culmination of a period of significant growth and prosperity for Clarkson University. The contributions of both Denny Brown and Anne Williams will have a lasting positive impact for decades to come. During his last year as our President he will continue to improve Clarkson's position and will also play an important role in choosing our new leader.”

Brown arrived at Clarkson in 1995, and celebrated his inauguration in 1996 in conjunction with the University’s Centennial. Some key accomplishments of Brown’s tenure to date are:

  • Construction of Bertrand H. Snell Hall, a 92,000-square foot, $14 million building completed in September 2000, housing the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Business.
  • The successful launch and progress of a $70 million capital campaign, The Campaign for Clarkson, which has now reached nearly $65 million.
  • Consolidating the University on the hill campus, which involved bringing the remaining academic programs from the downtown buildings to the hill. These moves included completing the relocation of the School of Engineering in 1996, and were followed by the School of Business and School of Liberal Arts moving into Bertrand H. Snell Hall in 2000.
  • Redeveloping Clarkson’s buildings in downtown Potsdam, creating the Center for Health Sciences – which houses Clarkson’s Master of Physical Therapy program and Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Physical Rehabilitation Services, renovating facilities to house new business tenants, and in the process creating more than 100 new jobs in Potsdam.
  • The establishment of the Honors Program, in which talented students participate in interdisciplinary, team-taught courses that focus on current and emerging problems in science, technology and society.
  • The establishment of the Master of Physical Therapy program, located in the Center for Health Sciences. The program was formally accredited in October 2001.

The University Trustees are currently forming a search committee to begin the process of selecting a new president.

Prior to assuming his role as 15th president of Clarkson, Brown was provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Drexel University, a position he had held since 1990. Previously he was senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Nevada-Reno, dean of the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University, and assistant vice president for Academic Affairs and Research at the University of Idaho. Anne Williams held the position of dean of Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, before coming to Clarkson.

In reference to his pending retirement, President Brown noted in his letter to the campus that, “While we look forward to more time on trout streams and to traveling, we also look forward to the coming year, which we are confident will be a very successful one for Clarkson.”

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