Carlton E. Brown

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Carlton E. Brown
President of
Clark Atlanta University
In office
August 10, 2008 (2008-08-10) – July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01)
Preceded by Dr. Walter D. Broadnax
Succeeded by Dr. Ronald A. Johnson
President of
Savannah State College
In office
Preceded by John T. Wolfe Jr.
Succeeded by Earl G. Yarbrough
Personal details
Born Macon, Georgia
Spouse(s) T. LaVerne Ricks-Brown[1]
Alma mater University of Massachusetts[1]
Profession educator

Carlton E. Brown is retired former president of Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, a position he assumed on August 1, 2008. He served as president of Savannah State University from July 1, 1997 until December 31, 2006.[2]


Early life[edit]

Brown was born in Macon, Georgia.


Brown studied English (with an emphasis in American Studies) at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts graduating in 1971.[1] He then returned to the University of Massachusetts for doctoral study. He completed his doctoral studies in 1979, earning the Ed.D. in Multicultural Education (emphases in educational change and organizational development).[1]

Early career[edit]

After completing his undergraduate education, Brown worked as a high school teacher and counselor for three years.[1] While pursuing his doctoral degree, he served as a Program Planning Specialist and as a Program Development Specialist for the National Alternative Schools Program.[1]

From 1979 until 1987 Brown served on the faculty of the School of Education of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.[1] In 1987, Dr. Brown was hired by Hampton University as the Dean of the School of Education. He engineered the creation of the School of Liberal Arts and Education at Hampton in 1990.[1] In 1996, Brown was promoted to Vice President for Planning and Dean of the Graduate College at Hampton.[1]

President, Savannah State University[edit]

Carlton E. Brown became SSU’s eleventh president on July 1, 1997, replacing John T. Wolfe Jr.[2] His term as president of the university ended on December 31, 2006.

President, Clark Atlanta University[edit]

Clark Atlanta University confirmed on February 15, 2008 that Walter Doyce Broadnax would officially retire on July 31, 2008 and that Brown, the university's executive vice president, would assume the duties as the interim president on August 1, 2008.[3] On May 16, 2008, the Clark Atlanta Board of Trustees at its regular meeting, appointed Brown as the university's third president, effective August 1, 2008.

Personal life[edit]

Brown is married to T. LaVerne Ricks-Brown, a former teacher and a 1972 graduate of Hampton University. They have two children.[1]

According to a DNA analysis, his ancestry comes from the Yoruba people and Fulani people of Nigeria.[4]

Suggested reading[edit]

  • Hall, Clyde W (1991). One Hundred Years of Educating at Savannah State College, 1890-1990. East Peoria, Illinois: Versa Press. 


Academic offices
Preceded by
John T. Wolfe Jr.
President of
Savannah State College

1997 — 2006
Succeeded by
Earl G. Yarbrough
Preceded by
Dr. Walter D. Broadnax
President of
Clark Atlanta University

2008 — 2015
Succeeded by
Dr. Ronald A. Johnson