FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATLANTA (May 6, 2015) -- Clark Atlanta University (CAU) will hold a retirement celebration for President Carlton E. Brown Thursday, May 14, at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson Student Center, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W., Atlanta 30314. Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, community leaders and friends of the University will join in the tribute to Brown during the private reception and program.
Brown joined the University in 2007 as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. In 2008, he was appointed president of the institution. Under his leadership, improvements were made to the University’s facilities, including two LEEDS-certified renovations. The University achieved several years of clean audits, after fortifying internal audit functions and establishing compliance protocols. Through a thorough process re-engineering initiative, Brown and his leadership team sharpened the functional capabilities of many of the University’s critical business units.
During Brown’s presidency, the University’s 2011 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Five-Year Report passed with commendations for excellence and is now used by SACS as a model report to train other institutions. The School of Business Administration’s American Association of Colleges and Schools of Business accreditation was renewed. The School of Education achieved professional accreditation renewal as well as a new accreditation. Presently, the University is on track for a successful 10- year reaccreditation by SACS in 2016, and is preparing for reaffirmation of accreditation for its social work and public administration programs. The institution also has bolstered its research and sponsored programs infrastructure to better support grantsmanship and research efforts.
Brown’s consistent focus on academics netted positive results for CAU. The University’s graduate enrollment has increased. CAU also established two new, very prestigious honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi (Clark Atlanta University is the first private HBCU to be granted a chapter.) and Phi Eta Sigma, and re-established its chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu.
Beyond the campus footprint, the University has cultivated new international relationships, including ties with Liberia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia. In March 2014, CAU was named as one of only 20 institutions nationwide to host the Mandela Young African Leaders Initiative, created by President Barack Obama last year. The University will host the program again this summer.
A native of Macon, Ga., Brown received a bachelor’s degree in English and the Ed.D. in multicultural education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has received numerous awards and honors throughout his more than 40-year career, is well-published in the field of education, and has assumed roles on various leadership and advisory boards.
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Time: 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location: Student Center