Carlton E. Brown, Ed.D., became the third president of Clark Atlanta University on August 1, 2008, after serving as executive vice president and provost of the University for one year.
Prior to joining Clark Atlanta University as executive vice president and provost, Dr. Brown was appointed by the Georgia Board of Regents Chancellor to assist in the implementation of major system-wide initiatives for the University System of Georgia.
Dr. Brown has garnered a great wealth of executive experience and accomplishments in higher education having served as the president of Savannah State University (SSU) from 1997 to 2006, after having held senior-level administrative positions at several universities including Hampton University and Old Dominion University.
During his tenure as the 11th president of SSU, the university experienced several notable milestones including an increase in student enrollment of 48 percent from fall 1998 to fall 2005; the transformation of student housing and academic support facilities; the accreditation and reaccreditation of several academic programs; major increases in grants and contracts; improved student retention; and strengthened graduate programs.
Dr. Brown joined Hampton in 1990 as the dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education and in 1996, was promoted to vice president for Planning and dean of the Graduate College. Prior to his roles at Hampton University, Dr. Brown served as an executive with the School of Education at Old Dominion University.
In addition to many accomplishments in academia, Dr. Brown has also amassed considerable expertise in business and industry through accomplishments stemming from positions held, consultancies, research, authorships, and service roles at the state and national levels.
Dr. Brown focuses considerable time and energies in community service and in business interests that serve to advance academic institutions and the communities in which the institutions reside. In doing so during a period spanning more than 25 years, he has succeeded in making a difference in the communities he has served and in the lives of the people who have benefited from his commitment to various educational, charitable and civic causes and industry.
In 2009, Dr. Brown was named to The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of “100 Most Influential Atlantans.”
A native of Macon, Ga., Dr. Brown received both his Bachelor of Arts degree and his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He earned his doctorate in multicultural education in 1979, and his bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies in 1971.
Dr. Brown is married to T. LaVerne Ricks-Brown and the couple has two adult children.