On August 1, the University of California Riverside’s Office of Undergraduate Education will welcome Jennifer Brown as Vice-Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education.
Brown served as the Vice-Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at Oregon State University since 2016. She was also a professor of horticulture and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Oregon State. As a veteran administrator, Brown brings to her new position a background in innovative teaching methods.
According to UCR Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Cynthia K. Larive, Brown’s experience is expected to help advance the mission of Undergraduate Education while at the same time, helping to solidify the school’s reputation as a national model of a “student-centered research university.”
Larive said, “Jennifer Brown has an enthusiasm for working with students and a collaborative management style that will make her effective as UCR’s vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Education.”
In further comments Brown Larive noted, “She shares UCR’s commitment to providing equitable access to higher education and research opportunities, and to continuing to improve graduation rates for students from all backgrounds.”
Brown told UCR Today she was drawn to UCR because of its national reputation for diversity and its participation in the 11-member University Innovation Alliance (UIA). UIA seeks to graduate more students of color, and students from low-income and first-generation families. Brown has an affinity for the work of the UIA program.
“Being a person of color, I’ve wanted to work with a diverse student population,” Brown said. “I wanted to contribute and work with folks who are already making the difference in access.”
Brown originally hails from Chicago, where as a teen she participated in Upward Bound, a federally funded program aimed at boosting college attendance for at-risk high school students. Brown received her Ph.D. in horticulture from Michigan State University in 2004.