SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jeremy D. Brown has been selected to serve as the next president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s (PASSHE) Board of Governors made the selection this week at the conclusion of a national search. Dr. Brown will begin his tenure at Edinboro on July 1. He will replace Dr. Frank G. Pogue, who has served as the University’s president since July 1996. Dr. Pogue plans to retire June 30.
Dr. Brown was named provost at SUNY Canton in 2003. Previously, he served for three years as rector of Florida State University Panama. He began his academic career as an assistant professor in the Physics Department at Princeton University in 1984.
Dr. Brown has helped SUNY Canton significantly expand its academic curriculum. During his tenure, the college has grown from offering seven bachelor’s degrees to 13, with three others awaiting state approval. The college has also reached all-time record highs in summer and winter term enrollments in each of the last two years.
“Jeremy’s accomplishments at SUNY Canton have been truly extraordinary and we will benefit from his efforts for many years,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy. “It’s not a surprise that other colleges and universities recognize our successes and identify the outstanding individuals behind those accomplishments. We’re going to miss Jeremy both professionally and personally, but we are happy for him and his family.”
SUNY Canton’s recent growth in distance learning recently prompted the college to unveil SUNY Canton OL, or SUNY Canton OnLine. Over the last few years, articulation agreements have been formed with numerous other colleges and universities, including Moscow State University, Yamagata University in Japan, American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Wyoming Community College District, Kherson State University in Ukraine, and Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts. That collective group of colleges has been referred to as “Planet Canton.”
“It’s been a remarkably rewarding and satisfying experience to have been part of SUNY Canton’s growth over the past several years,” Brown said. “Our progress has been amazing and it’s a true testimony to the outstanding dedication of the faculty and staff. While I’ll miss my colleagues here, the opportunity to become the president at Edinboro University is one that I cannot pass by.”
“Dr. Brown will bring to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania a distinguished record as both an educator and administrator,” said Edinboro Board of Governors Chairman Kenneth M. Jarin. “He is an excellent choice to lead Edinboro into the future.”
Harold Shields, chairman of the University’s Presidential Search Committee and secretary of the Council of Trustees, also said he is pleased with the Board of Governor’s decision.
“The committee and the council submitted to the Chancellor and Board of Governors the strongest three-candidate slate possible,” Shields said, adding that the selection process began six months ago with 50 potential candidates. Over the months, the 50 were narrowed to the final three. Shields said the committee’s single objective was “to find the president who will be the best fit for Edinboro University.”
Founded in 1857, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania enrolls approximately 7,700 students, including about 1,100 graduate students. It offers 78 undergraduate and 18 graduate degree programs and employs about 400 full- and part-time faculty.