MACON — Peter C. Brown, Ph.D., has been named senior vice provost at Mercer University, effective June 18. In his new position, Brown has oversight responsibility for the undergraduate curriculum and summer academic programming. He also provides leadership for cross-college and co-curricular initiatives to enhance student achievement and engagement. Additionally, he facilitates the University’s civic engagement initiatives in coordination with the President’s Office.
His career at Mercer spans 36 years. In 1971, Brown joined the University as an instructor of philosophy. He now holds the rank of professor of philosophy and interdisciplinary studies in the College of Liberal Arts, where he was a recipient of the Vulcan Award and the Spencer B. King, Jr. Award for distinction in teaching and leadership.
As a delegate from the College of Liberal Arts, he was elected as secretary of the University House of Delegates in 1988 and as chair in 1992. He was the founding director of the College’s Senior Capstone Program for 10 years and served as chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies for 10 years.
From 1998 to 2006, Brown served as director of the Mercer Center for Community Engagement to build University and community partnerships to develop 22 after-school programs with the Bibb County schools, revitalize the Beall’s Hill neighborhood adjacent to Mercer’s Macon campus, and bring a Federally Qualified Health Center to Bibb County. Recognized with a number of national and local awards for its accomplishments, the Center successfully sought $8.6 million in federal, corporate and foundation grants to support these initiatives. Brown has presented and published extensively in the area of civic engagement by institutions of higher education.
In 2004-2005, Brown was instrumental in the formulation of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan. As senior vice provost, he will continue to work closely with faculty, staff and students to implement this five-year plan to enhance students’ moral development through leadership, ethics and service-learning.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Rice University and a Ph.D. in religion and literature from the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts at Emory University. He has published in the areas of postmodern ethics and 20th Century Jewish-American fiction. He has frequently served as an instructor in and, in 2003, as the director of the Annual Case Study Institute of the Association for Case Teaching at Harvard Divinity School.
About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has 7,300 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial Health University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.