Following a national search that brought more than 100 candidates and “with anticipation of great things to come,” University of Redlands Provost Kathy Ogren today announced the appointment of Dr. Kendrick T. Brown as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences effective July 1, 2016.
Brown, a psychologist, currently serves as Associate Dean of the Faculty at Macalester College—a small, private, residential liberal arts institution in St. Paul, Minnesota.
“Dr. Brown brings a wealth of valuable experience and excellent administrative skills to the University,” said Ogren. “His thoughtful conversations during the search process convinced us that he will be an engaged and visionary leader of the faculty and students in the College.”
“What I look for in a leader is someone of great character who is capable of envisioning the future,” said University of Redlands President Ralph W. Kuncl. “Kendrick is that way. His support of shared governance, commitment to collaboration, and advocacy for faculty and students coupled with his inclusive leadership style will serve him well as the College and our University move forward.”
Brown earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in psychology—the last two from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His community service and publishing activities have emphasized social issues and public policy, including diversity hiring in higher education and broader societal issues of diversity in the United States and the world.
At Macalester he has managed faculty personnel, academic department and academic program reviews; chaired a college-wide Student Learning Committee; overseen funds for faculty-student research; and served on a wide variety of committees and the President’s senior staff. As Acting Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Macalester in 2013, Brown was responsible for faculty and Academic Affairs staff hiring and oversight, a $25 million budget, and external grant applications. He was also Academic Affairs liaison to the Board of Trustees and worked on institutional fundraising efforts. Previously, he was Co-Chair of Macalester’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department and Chair of the Psychology Department.
Brown said, “I am excited to join the University community and contribute to the good work happening in the College. When I visited the University, I felt an immediate connection with the institution’s commitment to placing students at the center of what faculty and staff do. I look forward to leading the College and building strong bridges to advance the University’s mission.”
Brown will relocate to the area during the summer with his spouse, Dr. Hideko Sera, and join the University for the 2016-17 fall term.