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Dr. Patricia A. Brown, national leader in distance learning and adult education, joins Franklin Pierce University administration

Aug 4, 2010

image textRindge, NH – Dr. Patricia A. Brown has accepted the position of Dean, College of Graduate & Professional Studies for the 2010-2011 academic year at Franklin Pierce University.
Dr. Brown has a career record of accomplishment in distance learning and adult education.  As former Dean of Educational Outreach at Western Carolina University (WCU), she was responsible for enrollment growth, distance learning, new program and partnership development, and off-site programs.

Prior to joining WCU, she served as Director for Distance Learning and Continuing Education at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Mass., where she engaged in the design and development of post-baccalaureate certificate programs integrating distance learning with onsite clinical experience essential to career changers preparation for licensure in selected health professions.

In addition to her extensive experience in the administration of distance education programs at Thomas Edison State College, St. Joseph’s College in Maine, MGH Institute of Health Professions and Boston University, she has held faculty positions in biology, nursing and health care administration.  

Dr. Brown has been an active participant in military education development for over thirty years. She has served as a member of the Military Installation Voluntary Review team, developed the military career degree program prototype and participated as a member of the Service members Opportunity Colleges Advisory Committee on Best Practices.
In recognition of her contributions to higher education, Dr. Brown was featured in “Remembering Those Who Have Made a Difference in the United States Military Voluntary Education” published by American Association of State Colleges and Universities in 2006 and received the 2009 Leadership Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

Dr. Brown holds an Ed.D., a M.Ed. and a B.S. from Temple University, and a M.P.H. from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Brown began her career as a licensed R.N. at Massachusetts General Hospital. Presently, she serves as President of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for adult learners.

For more information on Franklin Pierce University or to schedule an interview, please contact Patricia Garrity at 603.899.4221 or


Franklin Pierce University is a private, regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission focuses on preparing citizens and leaders of conscience for a new century that make significant contributions to their professions and communities, whether their aspirations are local or global.

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