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05-11-2003

President Denny Brown Awarded Honorary Degree

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Clarkson University President Denny Brown received an honorary doctor of science degree at Clarkson University's 110th Commencement on Sunday, May 11.

The degree was awarded "for his historic leadership in setting Clarkson's course for the 21st century while dramatically increasing its vital resources, and for the clarity of his vision in shaping and focusing the University's distinguishing academic strengths."President Denny Brown

Brown was also named President Emeritus by action of the University Board of Trustees.

In addressing the graduates, Brown said, in part, "… I charge you to carry away from campus not only your knowledge, skills and technological abilities, but also the values and spirit that energize Clarkson. And most importantly I charge each of you to renew personally throughout your life the most significant Clarkson tradition of all: set lofty goals, work hard to achieve them, and then aim even higher."

On June 30 Brown will conclude his eighth and final year of service as the 15th president of Clarkson University. Under his leadership, Clarkson has launched significant new academic initiatives, consolidated programs on its hill campus, achieved and sustained substantial gains in enrollment, and dramatically strengthened its financial resources.

The University is concluding its biggest fund-raising effort in history, The Campaign for Clarkson, a year ahead of schedule after garnering $115 million on a goal of $70 million. This spectacular success includes a $30-million gift to name the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

Highlighting the many physical improvements to campus under President Brown is Bertrand H. Snell Hall, which opened in August 2000. Home of the schools of Business and Liberal Arts, the state-of-the art facility includes three specialized cross-disciplinary centers for all students: the Eastman Kodak Center for Excellence in Communication, the Shipley Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, and the Center for Global Competitiveness.

Other campus improvements include a fitness center; the Adirondack Lodge (facilitating outdoor recreation); major upgrades to the Alumni Gymnasium, science laboratories, student engineering team project facilities, and residence halls; and aesthetic enhancements to the grounds, including a new main entrance.

During his presidency, Brown has overseen shaping of the curriculum to develop student skills in collaboration, communication, creative problem solving, and leadership through emphasis on hands-on, multidisciplinary team projects. Academic initiatives include a University Honors Program, a master's degree in physical therapy and other interdisciplinary degree programs, and development of minors and concentrations to broaden and enhance academic offerings.

A chemist, President Brown received his bachelor's degree from Whitman College and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Prior to Clarkson, he served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Drexel University, senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Nevada — Reno, and dean of the College of Letters and Science at Montana State. He has been a fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a fellow of the Alexander VonHumboldt Stiftung. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.

PHOTO CAPTION: Retiring Clarkson University President Denny Brown (left) receives his honorary degree from Clarkson Board of Trustees Chair John S. Welch.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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