We Welcome Vice President Cindy Brown



This week, MCLA welcomed a new vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Cynthia Farr Brown. She replaces Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Steve Green, who is retiring after 36 years at the College.

Brown comes to MCLA from Lesley University in Cambridge, where she served in a variety of positions since 1992. Most recently, Brown was Lesley's assistant vice president of national programs, which called for planning across the university's schools and programs to coordinate academic program delivery efforts that supported its extensive national programs.

MCLA President Mary K. Grant said that Brown will be an asset to the MCLA community.

"Dr.  Brown comes to us with a wealth of experience which will strongly support and complement plans and initiatives underway at MCLA as we continue to bring the best programs possible to our students," Grant said. "Her achievements in integrating core technology competencies into the classroom and knowledge of graduate degree programs, teacher licensure and professional development - along with her work in educational leadership and adult development - are but a few of the many skill sets she will bring to the College."

Green said MCLA is very fortunate to have Brown join the MCLA community. "Her knowledge, skills, and experience will provide strong and thoughtful leadership to academic affairs here," he said.

Dr. Joseph B. Moore, president of Lesley University, agreed.

"Dr. Brown has a keen intellect, a firm grasp of higher education administration and a proven commitment to educational opportunity," Moore said. "She knows higher education institutions well and how to collaborate with others so that these institutions fulfill their public mission."

 "Cindy Brown is a very bright and committed educator who works to support student success in their personal and professional lives," said Lesley Provost Martha McKenna. "She has brought wonderful energy and new program development to Lesley University in her 17 years here. MCLA is fortunate to have her now is this senior position in academic affairs."

Brown led Lesley's adult learning division and school of education, as well as the Tacoma program at Tacoma Community College in Washington, the university's first teacher licensure program approved in another state.

As the senior associate dean of the school of education, she collaborated with that division's dean and senior managers in planning for and leading Lesley's largest school, which included graduate degree programs, teacher licensure, professional development and center-based activities. In this position, she was responsible for academic planning and management in the school, faculty development, and adjunct faculty recruitment, induction and retention.

She earned her Ph.D. in the history of American civilization in 1992 from Brandeis University in Waltham. In 1984 and 1983, she received master's degrees in history and political science, respectively, from Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.