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Distributed December 16, 2003
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Julie Nguyen Brown elected trustee of Brown University

The Corporation of Brown University has elected Julie Nguyen Brown to a six-year term as a University trustee. Brown, the parent of two Brown undergraduate students, will serve through June 30, 2009.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Corporation of Brown University has elected Julie Nguyen Brown of Dearborn, Mich. to a six-year term as a University trustee. Brown, president and CEO of Plastech Engineered Products Inc., a privately held Michigan manufacturing company, is the parent of two Brown undergraduate students.

Born in Vietnam, Brown attended college in the United States, earning a bachelor of science degree in 1972 from Newcomb College at Tulane University. She returned to Vietnam, but in 1975, one week before the fall of Saigon, Brown and her 15-year-old brother were forced to flee their homeland for the United States. They settled in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where Brown worked as a waitress to ensure that her brother would complete high school.

In 1985, now married to James A. Brown, whom she had met while in college, Brown earned a master of science degree in engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit and worked as an engineer at the Ford Motor Co. In 1988, she founded Plastech, a plastic injection molding company.  Steadily, Plastech expanded its capabilities to include injection and blow molding, painting, metal stamping and other services. Plastech is now one of the nation's largest minority-owned top-tier suppliers, employing 3,000 workers at 18 locations in North America.

Brown will begin her term immediately and will serve as a trustee through June 30, 2009.

The Corporation, governing body of Brown University, is composed of a 12-member Board of Fellows and a 42-member Board of Trustees, all elected by the Corporation. It is responsible for establishing broad policies for the operation of the University, for selecting a president to carry out those policies, for appointing administrative officers and faculty members, and for managing the funds and holding the real estate of the University.


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