Dr. William E. Brown, currently president of Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., has been selected as the next president of Cedarville University. He will succeed Dr. Paul Dixon who has served as Cedarville's president since 1978. Brown will assume his new duties in 2003.
by Public Relations Office
May 31, 2002
Cedarville, Ohio - Cedarville University announced today that its board of trustees has elected Dr. William E. Brown as its ninth president. Brown is currently serving as president of William Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., and will assume his new role in the spring of 2003. He has been at Bryan for 17 years in various capacities and has served as president since 1992. Brown will succeed Dr. Paul Dixon, Cedarville University president since 1978.
Brown, 48, has been married for 26 years to Lynne Jones Brown. They have a daughter, April, 17, and a son, Alex, 13. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of South Florida. He holds a master of theology degree and a Ph.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary. Brown joined the Bryan faculty in 1984 as an assistant professor for biblical studies. He was named Bryan's academic vice president and provost in 1988 and has served as its president since 1992.
The board's selection followed a rigorous, international search for Dixon's successor. "This concludes an extensive search process during which numerous outstanding candidates were considered," said Dr. Bill Rudd, chairman of the Cedarville University board of trustees. "God's clear leading has been evidenced by the enthusiasm and unanimity with which Dr. Brown has been received by all who have met him in the interview process."
"God has unusual ways of leading us," Brown said. "Leaving our beloved Bryan College is the most difficult decision we have ever made. If it were not for the belief that God has a significant future for us at Cedarville University we would never have considered the presidency of this great institution. Lynne, April, Alex and I look forward to the years ahead and being a part of the exciting and unique Christian worldview education at Cedarville," he concluded.
"I am excited about the board's choice," said Dixon. "Bill Brown brings so many fine qualities to our Cedarville family. He's exceptionally well-prepared to lead Cedarville University in its mission of providing an education consistent with biblical truth. His scholarship, administrative experience, and well-deserved reputation will help the University further its vision. Dr. Brown has a genuine heart for God and an intense love for university students. He has a strong commitment to assist Christians in developing their worldview."
In addition to his teaching and administrative duties at Bryan, Brown is a prolific author. He has written three books, Making Sense of Your Faith, published by Victor Books; Where Have All the Dreamers Gone?: Observations from a Biblical Worldview, published by College Press; and Making Sense of Your World (with Gary Phillips), jointly published by Moody Press and Sheffield Press. Additionally, Brown has authored more than a hundred articles for journals, magazines (Readers Digest and Christianity Today), newspapers, and encyclopedias. He is a regular columnist for the national magazine, World. His memberships include the Society of Christian Philosophers, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, and the Evangelical Theological Society.
Last fall, Dixon announced his plan to retire as president. He will assume responsibilities as University chancellor following Cedarville's Spring 2003 commencement.
Cedarville University is a Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional, and graduate programs. It offers more than 100 programs of study to approximately 3,000 students from across the country and around the world. Its campus is located in southwestern Ohio near Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus.