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    Monmouth University
    West Long Branch, New Jersey

    Paul R. Brown, Ph.D. is the eighth president of Monmouth University, assuming office on August 1, 2013. As president, Brown has completed a comprehensive strategic planning process, and overseen substantial campus improvements to both the physical campus and academic programs, including a formal affiliation with The Grammy Museum. He has led Monmouth to its highest levels of outside financial support, including two of the top fundraising years in school history, exceeding the goal of the University’s largest challenge grant, a $5 million Marine Science & Policy Challenge Grant for the Urban Coast Institute.

    Prior to his appointment at Monmouth, Brown served as dean of the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University from 2007 to 2013. Under his leadership at Lehigh University, 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.

    Prior to joining Lehigh, Brown spent over 20 years at New York University’s Stern School of Business where he held a variety of senior academic and administrative positions at both the school and university level. He 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. He also served as chair of the Department of Accounting, Taxation and Business Law at NYU Stern and during his chairmanship led many curriculum and programmatic strategic initiatives and reviews at both the Department and School level.

    He also served as a faculty member at Yale University’s School of Management, the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD), and the International University of Japan, as well as guest lectured 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, 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 and Marshall College.