UTC gets our best
By Kelly Griffith
A provost should be involved in the students’ education as the chief academic administrator. Dr. Roger Brown has done that and so much more in his time at UNCP.
Dr. Brown has been interested in each UNCP student’s academic career as well as their lives after college.
Facing a large crowd of University Honors College students and their families on April 21, Dr. Brown announced he and his wife, Dr. Carolyn Thompson, would be leaving UNCP for a chancellor position at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He said in his address that he and Dr. Thompson, the dean of the University Honors College, both have always tried to leave a university better than they found it. They both have accomplished that goal.
Five years ago, Dr. Brown and Dr. Thompson came to UNCP. Dr. Thompson became the founding Dean of the University Honors College. Both Dr. Brown and Dr. Thompson have been very influential in the lives of each University Honors college student. Now, as the founding class of the Honors College graduates, they will move on to graduate school or jobs knowing that both of these wonderful people are watching their lives blossom.
As a sophomore in the University Honors College, I have been fortunate to know both Dr. Brown and Dr. Thompson. They have helped me learn so much, not only about my academics, but also about life. They have truly prepared me over the past two years to face obstacles that arise in my future, because let’s face it - they always do.
They helped me attend The New York Times twice to learn about journalism from the newspaper of record where I hope to work one day. They have also encouraged my goal to attend Columbia University for a master’s degree.
I believe the University of Tennessee President, Dr. John Petersen, made the right decision in choosing Dr. Brown over the other applicants. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga students, faculty, staff, alumni and community are lucky to receive Dr. Brown and Dr. Thompson.
Thank you for all you have done. We will miss you both very much.