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Office of the President
A Vision for Brown
Speeches and Statements
Announcing Brown’s 14th Provost
Provost search update; Larry Larson named interim
Operational Plan for Investing in Research
Seeking Provost applications and input
Provost Search Committee
Highlighting priorities for the year ahead
Elevating Community Engagement: New Vice President
Provost Locke to depart Brown for Apple University
Gratitude and looking forward to opportunities ahead
Plans for growing research, life sciences facility
May 2022 Corporation Meeting: Budget for Fiscal Year 2023, Election of Trustees and Fellows, Acceptance of gifts
2022 Commencement, the College Ceremony: "Tackling hard decisions"
2022 Commencement, the Class of 2020 Ceremony: "Arriving where you started"
Indigenous land acknowledgment and commitments
Updates to Brown’s business ethics policies and practices
Biden selects Dean Ashish Jha for White House role
Give input on land acknowledgement recommendations
Offer feedback on change to business ethics policy
BrownTogether extended to $4 billion through 2024
Supporting our community in a time of global crisis
February 2022 Corporation Meeting: Research Growth; FY2023 Tuition, Fees and Salary Pool; Acceptance of Gifts
Surpassing the $3 billion BrownTogether goal
October 2021 Corporation Meeting: Expansion of undergraduate financial aid and college access; Acceptance of gifts and establishment of endowed positions
Brown’s next dean of medicine and biological sciences
Brown’s endowment returns and financial health
Program on Innovation and Financial Sustainability
New EVP for finance and administration at Brown
Highlighting priorities for the new academic year
2021 Convocation Remarks: "No Religious Tests"
Response to Task Force on Anti-Black Racism Recommendations
John Carter Brown Library Leadership
In support of Brown's DACA community
New vice president for institutional equity and diversity at Brown
The future of work and returning to on-campus operations
May 2021 Corporation Meeting: Budget for FY22, New Trustees, Acceptance of Gifts, Establishment of Endowed Positions
Addressing anti-Semitic violence
Important: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Faculty, Staff and Students
EVP Barbara Chernow to retire
Plans for the Class of 2020 Commencement
2021 Commencement, College Ceremony Remarks: "Letting go of the script"
Furthering Brown’s commitment to Providence public schools
Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences Search Committee
Commitment to addressing sexual violence
Justice for George Floyd; Our work continues
In community, awaiting Chauvin trial verdict
The passing of President Emeritus Vartan Gregorian, Ph.D. LHD'84 hon.
Jack A. Elias transitions to new role as senior health advisor
Plans for a more traditional Fall 2021
Launching Phase II of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan
Against violence confronting Asian and Asian American communities
One year: Reflecting on the pandemic
Land Acknowledgement Working Group
Charge: Land Acknowledgement Working Group
New vice president of athletics and recreation at Brown
Sustainability Strategic Plan to make impact
Brown, Lifespan and Care New England to create academic health system
February 2021 Corporation Meeting: Academic Excellence, Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Brook Street Residence Hall, FY22 Tuition and Fees, University Financial Planning, Acceptance of Gifts, Establishment of Endowed Positions
VP Shontay Delalue to depart Brown for Dartmouth
Brown’s Plans for Commencement & Reunion 2021
Dedicating ourselves to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision
Today’s challenge to our democracy
The passing of Chancellor Emeritus Artemis A. W. Joukowsky, Jr. '55 LLD'85 hon., P'87, GP'13, GP'14, GP'16, GP'17, GP'22
Brown returns to Level 1 status, effective Nov. 18
Community engagement to address safety and security
After the election, serving our community
Brown's Plans for Spring 2021
Ad Hoc Committee on Promoting Financial Health and Sustainability
October 2020 Corporation Meeting: University Financial Planning, Remote Learning, New Trustees, Acceptance of Gifts, Establishment of Endowed Positions, Copyright Policy
Further actions to address COVID-19’s financial impact
Decision on Plans for the Remainder of Fall 2020
Highlighting priorities for the year ahead
2020 Convocation Remarks: "Lessons from History"
An update on Brown’s actions to address racial injustice
Important modifications to Brown’s plan for the Fall 2020 semester
Brown’s commitment to Providence public schools
Supporting Brown’s International Students
Strategic leadership of Brown’s investments
Brown’s actions to address racial injustice
Addressing Brown varsity sports decisions
U.S. Senate HELP Committee Testimony: COVID-19: Going Back to College Safely
U.S. Senate testimony today on safely reopening colleges
Confronting racial injustice
Excellence initiative to reshape athletics at Brown
News from the Corporation Meeting
To Brown Undergraduate Students: Brown’s planning for the 2020-21 academic year
To Brown Graduate and Medical Students: Brown’s planning for the 2020-21 academic year
To Faculty and Staff: Brown’s planning for the 2020-21 academic year
Difficult financial decisions to be shaped by Brown’s values
Brown's commitment to Providence and Rhode Island
Maintaining our community and reuniting for Commencement & Reunion
Brown transition to remote learning and limited on-campus housing
Brown’s actions on climate change
February 2020 Corporation Meeting: Academic Excellence, FY21 Tuition and Fees
2019 Veterans Day Ceremony: “Increasing Access and Support for Veterans”
October 2019 Corporation Meeting: AAU Campus Climate Survey, Gift Acceptance Policy, Ad Hoc Committee on Equity and Integrity in Admissions, Nelson Center Opening
AAU Climate Survey on Sexual Assault & Misconduct
2019 Convocation Remarks: "The Power of Knowledge to Make the World Better"
Highlighting goals for the new year
2019 Commencement College Ceremony Remarks: "Embrace Change. Lead Change."
May 2019 Corporation Meeting: Strategic Planning, Admissions, Annenberg Institute, Campus Life
National Organization of Research Development Professionals Annual Conference: "Research Development as a Strategic Imperative"
Fairness in admissions and student life
Responding to divestment referendum vote
Brown Daily Herald Op-Ed: "Brown ensures that donor gifts advance its mission"
Brown's goal to reach net-zero emissions
February 2019 Corporation Meeting: Building on Distinction, Sustainability Goals, FY20 Budget
Comments on Title IX proposed regulation changes
Brown and the Jewelry District: "Remarks to the Jewelry District Association"
Recognizing Black Student Walkout 50th anniversary
Changes in federal regulations on sexual misconduct
Brown Daily Herald Op-Ed: "The value of shared governance"
October 2018 Corporation Meeting: Friedman Hall Dedication, Reaccreditation, Progress on Building on Distinction, DIAP and BrownTogether
Family Weekend Welcome: "Transformation"
J. Walter Wilson to become Page-Robinson Hall
Black Alumni Reunion: "Celebrating Black Legacy"
Black Alumni Reunion: "Reflecting on the Black Student Walkout of 1968"
2018 Convocation Remarks: "A Unified Community"
The Year Ahead at Brown
Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop: "Welcome Remarks"
New Investment Office leadership structure
2018 Commencement College Ceremony Remarks: "Do What You Love"
May 2018 Corporation Meeting: Sustainability Goals, Performing Arts Center, Strategic Planning
Recommendations on Brown's community engagement
An Extraordinary Gift to Brain Science at Brown
Women's Empowerment Conference: "Welcome Remarks"
Racism in our community
2018 Professional Development Day: "Opening Remarks"
February 2018 Corporation Meeting: Educational Leadership, FY19 Budget, Tuition and Fees
Pivotal milestone for BrownTogether campaign
Brown Alumni Magazine: "Education and Service"
From the President: Confronting sexual harassment
No loans in 2018-2019 aid awards, thanks to campaign
2017 Mid-Year Completion Ceremony: "On Timing"
South Street Landing: "Ribbon Cutting Remarks"
Implications of Federal Tax Bill
Brown University's financial stewardship
2017 Veterans Day Ceremony: "Honoring Our Veterans"
Brown’s Efforts Regarding Federal Tax Legislation
Brown Alumni Magazine: "The Brown Promise"
Watson Institute Expansion
Family Service of Rhode Island Brighter Futures Award Luncheon: "Brighter Futures Award Acceptance Speech"
White House action on DACA
2017 Convocation Remarks: "The Power of Knowledge"
Brown Alumni Magazine: "Beyond Data Alone"
Letter to President Trump Regarding DACA
Addressing the Protests in Charlottesville
2017 Commencement College Ceremony Remarks: "Live Courageously"
May 2017 Corporation Meeting: Brown Physicians, Inc., Performing Arts Center, Strategic Planning
Brown Alumni Magazine: "The Women of Brown"
Response to Sustainable Investment Recommendations
Brown Alumni Magazine: "A Creative Process"
2017 AAAS Annual Meeting: "Welcome Remarks for the President’s Address"
February 2017 Corporation Meeting: University Resources Committee Report, Performing Arts Center
Brown's Response to Executive Order
Commitment to our Community in a Time of Uncertainty
Changes in the Title IX Office
Brown Alumni Magazine: "After the Presidential Election"
Supporting our Undocumented and DACA Community
Dean, School of Public Health, Search Committee Membership
Uniting as a community
Community Gathering - Tonight, 6:00 PM, Leung Family Gallery
October 2016 Corporation Meeting: Strategic Planning, Diversity and Inclusion, New Alumni Trustees
Announcement: School of Public Health Dean Fox Wetle
Family Weekend Welcome: "The Brown Difference"
Implementation of SATF recommendations
Nobel in Physics awarded to Michael Kosterlitz
2016 Convocation Remarks: "On Freedom of Expression"
A safe space for freedom of expression
This Week's NLRB Ruling
Letter to campus community: Key priorities for 2016-17
Brown Alumni Magazine: “Taking Brown With Them”
2016 Commencement College Ceremony Remarks: "Constructive Irreverence"
2016 Commencement and Reunion Weekend: "President's Welcome"
May 2016 Corporation Meeting: Engineering Research Center, Wilson Hall, Watson Institute Expansion
Brown Alumni Magazine: “A World of Engagement"
Fudan University: "Universities, Pathways to Knowledge and Our Global Future"
Tsinghua University: "Knowledge Without Borders: University Collaboration in a Global Era"
Janet Mock Lecture
Incident at Marcy House
NEASC Accreditation Process
Brown Alumni Magazine: “Breaking Boundaries”
February 2016 Corporation Meeting: DIAP, Financial Aid, FY17 Budget, Tuition and Fees
Final Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan
Appointment: Eric Estes, New Vice President for Campus Life
Brown Alumni Magazine: “Engineering Humanities”
Extension of Community Engagement Period to Jan. 8, 2016 - Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion
Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting: “Realizing a Vision through Partnerships”
Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: Working Draft
Diversity action plan next steps
Actions on incident at Latinx Ivy League Conference
Promoting a Diverse, Inclusive Academic Community
Brown Alumni Magazine: “Brown Together”
BrownTogether Campaign Kickoff for Faculty & Staff
October 2015 Corporation Meeting: BrownTogether Campaign, Campus Initiatives
Appointment: Edward S. Steinfeld, Watson Institute Director
Family Weekend Keynote: “Open Curriculum/Open Doors”
Concerning Bill Cosby’s honorary degree
Sexual assault climate survey report
Operational Plan for September 21st Open Forum
Invitation to September 21 President's Open Forum
2015 Convocation Remarks: "On Inequality"
Brown Alumni Magazine: “A Commitment to Teaching”
Initiatives for the 2015-2016 school year
Brown Alumni Magazine: “Our Forward Momentum"
Appointment: Margaret Klawunn, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services
Appointment: Richard M. Locke, Provost
2015 Commencement College Ceremony Remarks: "On the Good Life and Making Choices"
250th Anniversary Celebration: Closing Remarks
May 2015 Corporation Meeting: Strategic Planning, Elections, Endowed Positions
Transition: Vicki Colvin, Provost, steps down
Response to Sexual Assault Task Force final recommendations
Brown Alumni Magazine: “A New ROTC Expansion"
Professor David Kertzer awarded Pulitzer Prize
Final Report of the Sexual Assault Task Force
Supporting our Students and Each Other
Hire of Title IX Program Officer
Passing of a Graduate Student
Letter to the Brown Community
Letter to the Task Force on Sexual Assault
Brown Alumni Magazine: “Connections"
February 2015 Corporation Meeting: Academic Planning, Commitment to Financial Aid
Passing of Stanley M. Aronson, Founding Dean, Brown Medical School
Task Force on Sexual Assault: Implementation of Recommendations
Brown Alumni Magazine: “Beyond the Classroom"
Appointment: Cass Cliatt, Vice President for Communications
Interim Report of The Task Force on Sexual Assault
Interim Report: Task Force on Sexual Assault
BROWN GIVES message
Appointment: Barbara D. Chernow ’79, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration
Reducing the threat of sexual assault on our campus
Brown Alumni Magazine: “A Sporting Education"
Passing of a Student
October 2014 Corporation Meeting: Campaign and Strategic Planning, Sustainable Financial Model
Deficit Reduction Working Group Announced
Announcement: Marisa Quinn
Welcoming New Faculty
Response to the Reports on NYC Police Commissioner Kelly and the Events of October 29, 2013
Passing of Marjorie Thompson '74, PhD'79
2014 Convocation Remarks: "Brown’s 250th Anniversary"
Brown Alumni Magazine: “Toward a Better Environment"
Transition: Beppie Huidekoper, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration retires
Annual Reading of Washington Letter at Touro Synagogue: "Keynote Address: Liberty and Inclusion"
Annual update to alumni and current parents
Brown Alumni Magazine: “Brown and Tougaloo"
2014 Commencement Remarks: Brown’s 250th Anniversary (video)
May 2014 Corporation Meeting: Strategic Plan, Sexual Assault, Trustee Elections
Environmental Change Task Force Reports
Appointment: Vicki Leigh Colvin, Provost
Response to the Student Task Force on sexual assault
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
Charge: Task Force on Sexual Assault
Brown Alumni Magazine: “Supporting Grad Students"
Remembering Prof. Gerald Guralnik
Statement on Sexual Assault at Brown
Final Report: Environmental Change Task Force (PDF)
Brown Alumni Magazine: “Expanding Opportunities"
Report on NYC Police Commissioner Kelly and the Events of October 29, 2013
February 2014 Corporation Meeting: FY15 Budget, Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid
Transition: Provost Schlissel Named University of Michigan President
Condolences to the family of Dana Dourdeville
Brown Alumni Magazine: “Building on Strengths"
2013 President's Report (PDF)
Establishing a Committee on the Ray Kelly Event of October 29, 2013
Brown Alumni Magazine: “Lessons Lasting a Lifetime"
Community Letter on NYC Police Commissioner Kelly and the Events of October 29, 2013
October 2013 Corporation Meeting: Building on Distinction, New Members
Letter to Brown Alumni and Friends Re. Corporation: Building on Distinction approved, Divest Coal Decision
Coal Divestment Update
Message about Campus Safety
2013 Convocation Remarks: “A Lively Experiment”
First-Year of Presidency Report
Redevelopment project in Providence’s Jewelry District
Appointment: Jack Elias, Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences
2013 Commencement Remarks (video)
May 2013 Corporation Meeting: Strategic Planning, Coal Divestment
Condolences to the family of Sunil Tripathi
$44 million gift to support the growth and expansion of the School of Engineering
On the passing of Chinua Achebe, the David and Marianna Fisher University professor and professor of African studies
National Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting Keynote: “The Case for the Humanities”
Response to the Report of the Advisory Committee on Childcare
February 2013 Corporation Meeting: School of Public Health, Strategic Planning, FY14 Budget & Planning
President’s Message on the Newtown Tragedy
Appointment: Richard M. Locke, Howard R. Swearer Director of the Thomas J. Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown
Transition: Edward Wing, Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences, steps down
Inauguration Address: “The Value of Imagination”
October 2012 Corporation Meeting: Strategic Planning and Committee Discussion
Welcome Letter to the Brown Community
2012 Convocation Remarks: "On Constructive Irreverence"
Welcoming Remarks to the Class of 2016
Higgs boson Particle Discovery: Noting Brown Faculty Achievements
First Letter to the Community as Brown’s Nineteenth President
October 2022 Corporation Meeting: Investing in Research, Acceptance of gifts and establishment of endowed positions; and community engagement.
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