College President Jeremy Brown, Ph.D.
Dr. Jeremy Brown took the reins of Portland Community College on July 1, 2013, becoming its sixth president since the college’s launch in 1961.
A native of Manchester, England, Brown served as president of Dowling College on Long Island and of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, part of the state’s public university system, prior to arriving to PCC. 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.
Before 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.
Prior to 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.
An academic by training, Brown earned both his bachelor of science degree and his doctorate in physics from the University of Birmingham, England. His doctoral work in experimental nuclear physics was conducted at both the University of Birmingham and the University of California-Berkeley. He spent two years at Indiana University pursuing physics research, followed by a faculty position in the physics department at Princeton University.
In addition to authoring several scholarly papers and articles, he was a visiting scientist at the University of Manitoba, Oxford University, and the National Accelerator Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. Brown made the transition into academic administration when he became associate dean of the graduate school at Yale University, followed by a return to Princeton as the associate dean of faculty.
He is the proud father of three sons: Lucas, Gabriel and Andrew. When not working, Brown likes to unwind by playing squash, sailing, or skiing, and he takes particular delight in spending time with his children and wife, Rebeca, visiting family in England.