Dr. Robert Brown

Professor, University of St. Thomas

Brief info

Bob Brown is professor emeritus of educational leadership, policy and administration at the University of St. Thomas, where he taught in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling for 41 years. He served in the Minnesota Legislature as a Republican senator from Stillwater from 1967 to 1977. From 1981 to 1986, he served as special assistant to U.S. Secretaries of Education T.H. Bell and William Bennett during the Reagan Administration. He served on the Minnesota State Board of Education and has been on many other boards relating to education, public policy and serving diverse populations. While at the U.S. Department of Education, Brown established the Department’s Partners in Education
Program; was on the White House Task Force on Private Sector Initiatives; and worked with members of Congress in creating and operating education policy task forces in the House and the Senate. While he was in Washington, he served as staff director of the Public Policy Committee of the White House Conference on Aging.

While in the Minnesota Senate, Brown established a student intern program at the Legislature. He served on a number of legislative committees, including the Senate Education Committee. He was State Chair of the Minnesota Republican Party from 1973 to 1975 and later served as National Committeeman for the party. He founded and for 25 years operated the St. Thomas National Youth Sports Program, a free academic and
sports summer camp that serves hundreds of low-income youth each summer. With co-author Jeff Cornwall, Brown published The Entrepreneurial Educator in 2000, a book to help school leaders function in a competitive marketplace. He serves as editor of the book series Innovations in Education for Rowman Education Press. He was executive producer of a series of education-policy television programs that was broadcast on The Learning Channel (now TLC) and PBS stations. Brown earned a B.S. degree in math and speech from Winona State College and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in educational administration, with a minor in educational psychology, from the University of Minnesota.

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