WEST LONG BRANCH – Dr. Paul R. Brown began his new role as president of Monmouth University on Thursday, Aug. 1, succeeding Paul G. Gaffney II, who retired on July 31 after 10 years.
“It is with tremendous excitement that I join the Monmouth University community as its eighth president. The university’s enthusiasm and commitment to making its mark on the higher education landscape is
palpable across Monmouth’s Board of Trustees, faculty and staff. It is my honor to serve them, our wonderful students, and members of the wider community in an effort to reach new heights of excellence,” Brown said.
Brown said his initial areas of strategic focus will include expanding opportunities for global education at the undergraduate level, and aligning graduate programs with the economic opportunities in the New York – Philadelphia business corridor.
“I believe higher education has a higher calling than just mapping a four-year degree to a job,” Brown said. “But universities should also be held accountable in terms of what they’re doing for their students.”
During his first few weeks on campus, Brown will be meeting with members of his cabinet, faculty and staff, student leaders, alumni, and local elected officials.
Brown and his wife, Joan G. Fishman, live on campus in the presidential residence, Doherty House. Their daughter, Emma, is a student at Franklin & Marshall College.
“We are thrilled to be part of the Monmouth University community. The warm welcome we have received from the campus and our new neighbors has been wonderfully inviting,” Brown said.
The Board of Trustees unanimously approved Brown’s appointment on Feb. 26. He comes to Monmouth University from Lehigh University, where he served as dean of the College of Business and Economics.
Before joining Lehigh, Brown spent more than 20 years at New York University’s Stern School of Business where he held a variety of senior academic and administrative positions.
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 and was a guest lecturer at universities in China, Singapore, and Brazil.
Brown graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Franklin & Marshall College where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He received both his Doctor of Philosophy and his Masters of Professional Accountancy degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.