Paul R. Brown, Ph.D. is the eighth president of Monmouth University, assuming office on August 1, 2013. As president he has put a comprehensive strategic plan into action, forging new affiliations with the Grammy Museum, the Peace Corps, peer institutions in China, and strengthening academic programs, including a commitment to expanding graduate level programs offering advanced preparation within the healthcare sector.
Brown has led Monmouth University to record levels of outside financial support, including the highest consecutive fundraising years in school history, with average annual totals exceeding $11 million over the past four years., including a $5 million challenge grant for the Urban Coast Institute. During his tenure the University has enjoyed robust student enrollment and exponentially increased visibility by bringing a national focus to the highly rated Monmouth University Polling Institute, a new partnership to establish The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music as the official archival repository for Bruce Springsteen's written works, photographs, periodicals, and artifacts, and new benchmarks of athletic success across a variety of programs.
He has also overseen substantial improvements to the campus including Hesse Field on the Great Lawn, the expansion of Leon Hess Business School into Pozycki Hall, renovations to Pollak Theater and student dining facilities, and an ongoing $40 million renovation and expansion to the School of Science building, representing the largest investment in academic facilities in University history. A new stadium project, scheduled to open in September 2017, will further expand opportunities for more than half of all student-athletes.
Prior to his appointment at Monmouth University, Brown served as dean of the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University from 2007 to 2013. Under his leadership, the College of Business and Economics completed a transformative and wide-sweeping strategic plan. During his time at Lehigh, he raised over $40 million in unrestricted funds for endowed faculty chairs.
Before joining Lehigh, Brown spent more than 20 years at New York University's Stern School of Business where served as the associate dean of Executive MBA programs and academic director of TRIUM, NYU Stern's global executive MBA program in alliance with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and HEC School of Management, Paris, and as chair of the Department of Accounting, Taxation and Business Law.
His academic career includes faculty service at Yale University's School of Management, the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD), and the International University of Japan, as well as guest lectures at universities in China, Singapore, and Brazil. Brown is the author of the eBook,
Foundations of Financial Statement Analysis
, and co-author of
Financial Reporting, Financial Statement Analysis, and Valuation
A Strategic Perspective
(through the sixth edition).
Brown graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Franklin & Marshall College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, and he received both his Doctor of Philosophy and his Master of Professional Accountancy degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2014 the Franklin & Marshall Alumni Association inducted Brown as a member of the college's Society of Distinguished Alumni.
Brown and his wife, Joan G. Fishman, reside on campus in the presidential residence, Doherty House. Their daughter, Emma, is a student at Franklin & Marshall College.