John “Ben” Brown, former chair of the Fayetteville State University (FSU) Board of Trustees, will be the guest speaker for the 146th Founders Day on April 11, 2013. The event will be held at 2 p.m. in Seabrook Auditorium on the FSU campus. The public is invited.
Brown is a retired senior Army officer having served combat tours in Vietnam and Grenada, tours in the Pentagon, Europe, the Army Security Agency, Military Enlistment/Recruiting Command, and other U.S. Army installations. In 2009, he retired from local government executive service having served as assistant city manager, finance director, management information systems director, and Chief Development Officer at the City of Fayetteville; Assistant City Manager for Economic Development/Deputy City Manager at the City of Greensboro; and served as Deputy County Manager of Guilford County, NC. Currently he is the owner and president/managing director of JB Associates—management consultants, and is an affiliate of the HR Group, Inc., a national consulting organization.
Brown has a long association with FSU beginning with being a member of the first Master of Business Administration graduating class in 1989 and later serving as an adjunct instructor in the FSU School of Business and Economics for several years; he also earned a Master of Arts in Education Administration at FSU. Brown also received a bachelor’s degree in political science/social studies from Central State University (OH), and completed graduate course work for a master’s degree in human relations & communications at University of Kansas.
Brown served on the FSU Board of Trustees for eight years (2003-2011) during which he served as chair of the Board, Chancellor’s Search Committee, Business & Finance Committee, Governance Committee and a member of the FSU Foundation Board. He is a member of the International City-County Managers’ Association, having served a number of years on its Governmental Affairs & Policy Committee; is a member of the North Carolina City-County Managers’ Association, having served on its Board of Directors; is a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators; the Board of Directors of Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship in Greensboro; chair, Advisory Board to the Dean in the FSU School of Business and Economics; and over the years has served on a number of charitable boards including Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, and United Way.
During Founders’ Day, a tribute will be made to the FSU Family of the Year and new members will be inducted into the Bronco Legacy Circle. Immediately following, there will be a tribute to the founders and E.E. Smith at the Founders’ Memorials.
FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina System, FSU has nearly 6,000 students and offers degrees in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
For more information, call (910) 672-1474.