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Paul Brown Takes Over as Monmouth University President with a Global Vision

West Long Branch, NJ, August 23, 2013The Star-Ledger today reports that Paul Brown, the former dean of the business college at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, takes over Monmouth University with plans to bring a more global focus to the mid-size private university on the Jersey Shore.

Founded as a junior college in the 1930s to offer evening classes to cash-strapped local students, Monmouth has grown into a 6,500-student university on a picturesque campus less than two miles from the Atlantic Ocean.  Its student body is largely white and from New Jersey.

Brown told the Ledger’s Kelly Heyboer that he plans to create more diversity on campus by bringing in more international students and a more global focus in the classroom.  “It’s too centric,” Brown said.  “We love New Jersey, but there’s a world beyond New Jersey, too.”

In addition to expanding the number of international students and bringing a more global flavor to classes, Brown said he is looking into expanding and refocusing the school’s graduate programs to better align with what businesses are looking for from graduates.

Brown is also considering adding more online components to classes. But don’t expect Monmouth — which charges undergraduates more than $30,000 a year in tuition and fees — to follow the growing movement toward online degrees.

Brown, who grew up in Lancaster County, PA, amid Amish and Mennonite farmland, said he was unsure what he wanted to major in when he got to Franklin & Marshall College, eventually settling on economics when campus officials told him he had to make a choice.  

Brown earned a doctorate and master’s of professional accountancy degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  He went on to teach and serve as an administrator at New York University before moving to Lehigh University.

Brown replaces Paul Gaffney, a retired Navy vice admiral who spent a decade as the university’s president.  Gaffney retired to South Carolina, but will serve as president emeritus and as an advisor to the new president.

To read Kelly Heyboer’s full story, click here.