Dr. Donald Brown’s calling of nearly forty years has been that of conceptualizing, developing, and implementing comprehensive academic support programs aimed at college student satisfaction, retention and eventual graduation. Dr. Brown is proficient in listening attentively to students and fostering collaborative relations between diverse sectors of university communities, both of which are fundamental to student satisfaction and success. Dr. Brown is especially proud of two honors that he has received from Boston College. Since 2006, the College has presented the Dr. Donald Brown Award to “an outstanding senior who throughout their career has made extraordinary contributions to the Boston College community in ways that have benefited African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American (AHANA) students in areas of leadership, service, and academic development.” In 2013, one of Boston College’s preeminent student organizations decided to name its annual luncheon in Dr. Brown’s honor.
In addition to his work in higher education as a retention specialist for especially low income highly motivated students, Dr. Brown is also proud of his avocation – a program development specialist for youth – which has led to his directly establishing or playing a major role in founding youth organizations both on college campuses and in the larger community. Among these initiatives are the Benjamin Elijah Mays Mentoring Program, Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts Inc., Christian Soldiers, Inc., and Bridging Bridges. The common denominator in all of these initiatives is mentoring and placing youth on a trajectory to college, and ultimately to successful lives.
Dr. Brown is highly adept in conducting diversity-training workshops, and he is a motivational speaker. He has conducted workshops and trainings for students, staff, and administrators and has spoken at conferences, community forums, and observances throughout the country. Dr. Brown has also authored several articles focusing on enrollment, retention and life after graduation.
Dr. Brown has a Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Leadership & Development from Springfield College.