Retirement Reception for Browns Thursday

Dr. Robert C. Brown, the 11th president of Arkansas Tech University, and his wife, Jill Brown, will be honored during a retirement reception hosted by the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees on Thursday, April 17. The reception will take place from 4-6 p.m. in Baswell Techionery, located at 306 West O Street on the Arkansas Tech campus in Russellville. The public is invited. Brown announced on Aug. 23, 2013, that the current academic year would be his last as active president of the university. President at Arkansas Tech since July 1, 1993, Brown has the longest tenure at his present institution among all four-year college and university presidents and chancellors in Arkansas. He is the second-longest serving president in Arkansas Tech history. Only Joseph W. Hull, president at Tech from 1932-67, held the office for a longer period of time. Enrollment at Arkansas Tech has increased by 169 percent since 1997, and the institution set its 15th consecutive record enrollment with 11,385 students for the fall 2013 semester. Among all degrees that Arkansas Tech has awarded during its 105-year history, more than 57 percent have been earned during Brown’s 21-year tenure as its president. Upon his retirement from the active presidency on June 30, 2014, Brown will hold the titles of president emeritus and distinguished professor of economics at Arkansas Tech. He will become just the second person to hold the title of president emeritus and just the third to hold the title of distinguished professor at Arkansas Tech.