N.C. Wesleyan College Provost Michael B. Brown is one of 18 senior academic administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in the 2014 Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers.
With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the leadership development seminar is designed to foster the perspectives and skills that can lead CAOs to succeed in unpredictable times.
Individuals chosen for the program are chief academic officers in higher education who wish to prepare for changes and challenges in the decades ahead, understand complex and unprecedented situations, and further develop strategic wisdom. As a participant, Brown will attend a seminar in Annapolis, Md., this summer. John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, will lead the colloquium, which will engage participants in cases drawn from classical and contemporary readings – ranging from Sophocles to Eudora Welty – and compare them with situations that today’s chief academic officers face. Examination, discussion, and reflection will help participants reflect on power, ethics, and responsibility and strengthen their leadership skills.
“The review committee found the nomination materials for the program to be most impressive,” said Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. They and I believe that Dr. Brown has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior academic responsibility on campus.”
Brown, who also serves as Wesleyan’s senior vice president for Academic Affairs, earned a doctorate in school psychology from Virginia Tech. In 2004, he was selected as an American Council of Education Fellow and spent the 2004-05 academic year as an academic administration fellow with William Durden, president of Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pa.
“I am delighted that Michael Brown has been invited to participate in this significant leadership seminar,” said Wesleyan President Jim Gray. “Since joining us this year he has provided effective leadership for the college, and both he and Wesleyan will benefit from this opportunity to enhance his expertise in academic leadership.”