CAU President Carlton E. Brown Retiring in 2015
Special To The Atlanta Voice | 5/2/2014, 6 a.m.
ATLANTA - Clark Atlanta University (CAU) President Carlton E. Brown this week (April 29) 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.
Clark Atlanta’s Board Chairman Alexander B. Cummings Jr., executive vice president and chief administrative officer of The Coca-Cola Company, noted that Brown’s decision comes at a time when, despite challenges to the nation’s higher education community, its HBCUs in particular, the institution is “strong and stable. We are well positioned,” the chairman noted, “to continue operations with our sights toward continued progress in key areas.” Cummings shared that the Board of Trustees would announce a formal search for the University’s fourth president later in the year.
Brown joined the University in 2007 as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. In 2008, he was appointed president of the institution. Under his leadership, improvements were made to the University’s facilities, including two LEEDS-certified renovations. The University achieved several years of clean audits, after fortifying internal audit functions and establishing compliance protocols. Through a thorough process re-engineering initiative, Brown and his leadership team sharpened the functional capabilities of many of the University’s critical business units.
During Brown’s presidency, the University’s 2011 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Five-Year Report passed with commendations for excellence and is now used by SACS as a model report to train other institutions. The School of Business Administration’s American Association of Colleges and Schools of Business accreditation was renewed. The School of Education achieved professional accreditation renewal as well as a new accreditation. Presently, the University is on track for a successful 10- year reaccreditation by SACS in 2016, and is preparing for reaffirmation of accreditation for its social work and public administration programs. The institution also has bolstered its research and sponsored programs infrastructure to better support grantsmanship and research efforts.
Beyond the campus footprint, the University has cultivated new international relationships, including ties with Liberia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia. Just last month, CAU was named as one of only 20 institutions nationwide that will host this summer the Washington Fellows – Young African Leaders Initiative created by President Barack Obama.
Brown stated that his final year will be one of “ongoing, strategic capacity-building. We’re going to be aggressive and relentless as we continue our work toward goals that are essential to our success, especially as it pertains to fundraising and recruitment. “If anything,” he noted, “we’re going to run even harder than we have in previous years. It’s an exciting time for us. We are poised to advance in ways that will affirm our presence as a center of enterprise and discovery, and we are geared up for the task.
The president is married to T. LaVerne Ricks-Brown, and they have two adult children.