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Brown's Contract Extended Through June 2013

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Arkansas Tech University President Dr. Robert C. Brown is under contract to maintain the position he has held since 1993 through June 30, 2013, following action by the Tech Board of Trustees on Thursday. The board voted unanimously to extend Brown’s contract by one year upon completion of its annual evaluation of his performance as president. “Every board member was 100 percent positive in their comments about Dr. Brown,” said Dean Wilburn, chairman of the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees. “We’ve got the best university and college president in Arkansas. All you have to do is look at where this university started 17 years ago and where it is today to see that we have the right person for the job.” Arkansas Tech has added 45 academic programs of study, made a $180 million investment in its infrastructure and awarded more than 17,000 degrees under Brown’s leadership. Enrollment at Arkansas Tech has increased by 131 percent since 1997 to its current figure of 9,814 students, and Tech has posted a school record enrollment in each of the past 12 years. Brown’s tenure has also seen the addition of a satellite campus in Ozark and the move to NCAA Division II athletics. “I am very gratified and appreciative of the confidence the Board of Trustees has placed in me and my administration,” said Brown. “The good results we have achieved are the result of collaboration by the outstanding faculty, administration, staff and student body at Tech. We are all convinced that the best days of our university are in the future.”