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Jeremy Brown named president of Portland Community College, replaces Preston Pulliams who is retiring after serving for nine years

Portland Community College May 2, 2013

Jeremy Brown named president of Portland Community College

Portland Community College’s board of directors has confirmed the selection of Jeremy Brown as the college’s next president.

The announcement was made at the monthly board meeting on Thursday, April 18, at which Brown’s contract was ratified. He will begin his work with PCC on July 1, replacing Preston Pulliams, who is retiring June 30 after serving as president since 2004.

“The board of directors is united in its choice of Dr. Brown as the strongest contender to build on the success PCC has achieved under Dr. Pulliams’ leadership and to lead the college to even greater success through the challenges and opportunities ahead, ” said Denise Frisbee, chair of Portland Community College’s board of directors and co-chair of the college’s president search advisory committee. “Dr. Brown is a collaborative leader skilled at creating strong internal and external relationships; a polished communicator who is insightful and inclusive; a quick learner talented at navigating new environments with new players; and an innovator who will look for opportunities to strengthen PCC, even when budgets are tight.

“These are the skills and talents that PCC’s board of directors wants and needs in its next president,” added Frisbee.

A native of Manchester, England, Brown has served as president of Dowling College on Long Island and of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, part of the state’s public university system. At Dowling, Brown helped support an increase in applications, retention, annual giving and a variety of new academic programs. During his four-year watch at Edinboro, the university saw record high enrollment, retention and annual giving. Brown’s tenure there also included oversight of more than $200 million in new and future construction projects.

Prior to these roles, Brown was the provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York in Canton from 2003 to 2007. In addition to four-year degrees, SUNY Canton offers two-year degrees in a variety of technical education disciplines – dental hygiene, early childhood, veterinary science technology and criminal justice, among others. This experience enabled Brown to understand the critical importance of workforce development and career technical education, as well as the institution’s role in preparing students to transfer.

Before SUNY Canton, beginning in 2000, Brown served as the chief executive officer of Florida State University-Panama, an American university in Latin America, where he learned to speak fluent Spanish.
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