Patricia Johnson Brown, Ed.D.
Dr. Brown serves as Senior Associate Dean in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. She has served as Associate or Senior Associate Dean since joining the SPCS family under the leadership of now-Dean Emeritus Jim Narduzzi.
Her responsibilities including administrative oversight and leadership for academic programs/curricular development, adjunct faculty hiring, adjunct professional development, the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning, the Institute on Philanthropy, Partners in the Arts and marketing for the School.
Dr. Brown is active in the profession of adult and continuing education. She has dedicated her life to the field of lifelong education having served as commissioner of the Commission of Leadership and Management of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, UPCEA-South Awards Committee, member-at-large, nominations committee, student awards committee, program planning committee and in many other leadership roles.
She has been a dedicated citizen volunteer in her community, a role model for the students in the past and believer in the "learning by doing" philosophy. She was founder of the Richmond Recreation and Park Foundation (now Enrichmond Foundation) that promotes citizen involvement, education and fundraising for the City of Richmond. She has traveled as an educator and volunteer to Santa Catarina, Brazil numerous times through Virginia Partners of the Americas to work with children, teachers and administrators on the empowerment of people with disabilities. She served as president of Partners from 1994-1997 and has been appointed by the Governor of Virginia to serve on the Brown vs. Board of Education Scholarship Award Commission.
She holds a B.S. in Human Ecology Education from Michigan State University, a M.S. in Recreation and Park Management from Indiana University and an Ed.D. in Education Administration–Adult and Continuing Education from Virginia Tech. She has held many teaching and administration positions in higher education institutions including Michigan State University, Indiana University, University of Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Richmond.