CAU President Carlton E. Brown To Retire

Edited by Titus Falodun | 4/29/2014, 6:29 p.m.
President Carlton E. Brown

ATLANTA (April 29, 2014) - Clark Atlanta University (CAU) President Carlton E. Brown today announced his decision to retire, effective June 30, 2015. Brown’s decision, formally announced to the Board of Trustees Monday, comes as the career educator celebrates his 43rd year in the field, the past six of which he spent at Clark Atlanta University.

“This is a decision made carefully and with much deliberation,” Brown said, adding that he had been “blessed with a career that spans four very fulfilling decades.” Now, he added, “it is time to reflect upon blessings and enjoy them with my family. This is a natural progression in the life of an institution, certainly in the life of a university president,” he observed, adding that he looked forward to dedicating more time to his own scholarship and seeking to be of service to the larger higher education community.

Brown has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including the inaugural Norma Jean Anderson Award for Diversity and Human Dignity at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was named one of the Eleven Great Presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities by Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, and was twice named an Outstanding Citizen of Georgia under two different Secretaries of State. The Atlanta Business League has named him one of its Men of Distinction, and he has twice been included in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 100 most influential Atlantans.

He was published in the 2001 edition of Handbook of Research on Teaching, wrote the lead article in the 1992 AACTE publication, Diversity in Teacher Education: New Expectations, and was one of five members of the team that wrote the groundbreaking Tomorrow’s Schools of Education: A Report of the Holmes Group.

The president is married to T. LaVerne Ricks-Brown, and they have two adult children.