Clark Atlanta University President Dr. Carlton E. Brown selected as first recipient of the UMass Amherst Dr. Norma Jean Anderson Award for Leadership for Diversity

COE Dean McCormick and Carlton E. Brown
COE Dean Christine B. McCormick with Dr. Carlton E. Brown

Carlton E. Brown, president of Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, has been named the first recipient of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Norma Jean Anderson Award for Leadership for Diversity.Brown delivered a lecture, "In Search of a Transforming Education," prior to the award ceremony on Monday, May 4, in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center.

Brown, a Georgia native, earned his doctorate in education from UMass Amherst in 1979, with emphases on multicultural education and educational change. He was named Clark Atlanta University’s third president in August 2008 after having served there as executive vice president and provost.

Dr. Brown and family
Dr. Brown and family

The award recognizes leadership in promoting diversity in education through research, practice or policy. “Diversity in education is the compass that has led Carlton Brown throughout his professional life,” said Christine B. McCormick, dean of the College of Education at UMass Amherst. “His selection as the first recipient of the Norma Jean Anderson award for leadership for diversity in education recognizes his constant and steadfast belief in and action towards accomplishing access and equity in education. This award is a tangible demonstration of the College of Education’s legacy and continuing commitment to diversity, excellence and equity in education.”

Among Brown’s appointments before his move to Clark Atlanta, he served nine years as president of Savannah State University, when the campus saw a 48-percent increase in enrollment, major grant and contract increases, improved student retention and more minorities pursuing graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Brown also served as a faculty member and administrator at Old Dominion University and Hampton University, both in Virginia. He helped implement statewide education initiatives for the Georgia Board of Regents, as well.

Esther Terry and Dr. Carlton E. Brown

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Esther Terry greets Dr. Carlton E. Brown, president Clark Atlanta University

The Norma Jean Anderson Award for Leadership for Diversity was established in 2004 when Anderson was honored with the first UMass Amherst Distinguished Achievement Award. Before her death in 2006 at age 74, she had served the College of Education for more than 30 years as a faculty member, administrator, mentor and volunteer. Anderson was known for her diligent work to eliminate barriers to education, build a more culturally, racially and educationally diverse campus community, raise awareness of institutional racism and instill social justice values among the students, colleagues and other communities she served.

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The Norma Jean Anderson Lecture and Award for Leadership for Diversity was created to perpetuate UMass Amherst’s recognition of Anderson’s values and work.

Watch video of and listen to Dr. Brown's lecture "In Search of A Transforming Education."