• President's Biography


    Monmouth University
    West Long Branch, New Jersey

    Dr. Paul R. Brown, a respected academic leader and renowned scholar, became the eighth president of Monmouth University on August 1, 2013. 

    Prior to his appointment at Monmouth, Dr. Brown served as dean of the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University from 2007 to 2013. Under Dr. Brown's leadership, the College of Business and Economics completed a transformative and wide-sweeping Strategic Plan.  Dr. Brown also managed historically high levels of enrollment in both undergraduate and graduate programs and recruited and hired faculty at an unprecedented pace.  During his time at Lehigh, he raised over $40 million in unrestricted funds and for endowed faculty chairs.

    Before joining Lehigh, Dr. Brown spent over twenty 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 NYU Stern's executive MBA Programs, and prior to that served as chair of the Department of Accounting, Taxation and Business Law.  He led many curriculum and programmatic strategic initiatives and reviews at both the department and school level during his tenure at NYU Stern.

    Dr. Brown also served on the faculties 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.

    His research interests in financial reporting and analysis include financial statement analysis and firm valuation, FASB/SEC regulatory policy analysis, international reporting and analysis, and earnings measurement and management. Dr. Brown is a professor of accounting with an emphasis on financial analysis and governance. He co-authored Financial Reporting, Financial Statement Analysis, and Valuation: A Strategic Perspective (through the sixth edition), a widely used textbook in undergraduate, MBA and executive education programs.

    Dr. Brown graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Franklin and Marshall College where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, and he received both his Doctor of Philosophy and his Masters of Professional Accountancy degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. 

    He 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.