Dr. William Brown, Chancellor

Dr. William E. Brown serves as Chancellor following a decade as President of Cedarville University from 2003–2013. He continues to represent the University through speaking engagements and developing friends and partners for Cedarville.


Dr. Brown came to the University following a presidency at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida, and he received his Th.M. in theology and Ph.D. in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also the author of three books on worldview, and he developed a worldview media curriculum called re:View.

Dr. Brown articulated Cedarville’s mission as “a Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.” His chapel themes regularly explored how to center your heart, mind and life on Christ.

A hallmark of Dr. Brown’s tenure was the development of new online programs and the launch of graduate programs including the Pharm.D., M.Ed., M.S.N., and M.B.A. These programs were part of a strategic plan, called Vision 2020, that focused on expanded student markets, increased scholarships and financial aid, and reduced financial dependence on student tuition.

The physical campus expanded to include the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies and Health Sciences Center, and 14 residence halls were renovated. In 2012, the University celebrated the 125th anniversary of Cedarville’s 1887 charter.

Dr. Brown and his wife, Lynne, were deeply involved in students’ lives. They regularly hosted student groups and gatherings in their home and mentored engaged couples in the “Fit to be Tied” program. Lynne established Women for Scholarship to raise funds for students with financial need. Students appreciated Dr. Brown’s approachability, genuine care, and quick wit.


B.A., University of South Florida
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary

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