PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — To deepen its relationships across Providence and Rhode Island and advance its ability to make a positive impact locally, Brown University has established a cabinet-level position leading community engagement strategy and initiatives. The move elevates the role of the current leader of Brown’s Swearer Center for Public Service, with a move to the Office of the President.
Mary Jo Callan, who serves as the Swearer Center’s executive director, will add new responsibilities that include developing, leading and coordinating engagement efforts as the University’s first-ever vice president for community engagement and Stark Family executive director of the Swearer Center, beginning Sept. 1, 2022.
Brown President Christina H. Paxson said the cabinet-level role illustrates a key institutional commitment to elevating the focus on effective and cohesive community engagement in Providence and Rhode Island and cultivating a broader range of relationships aligned with the University’s core mission of serving society through education, research and partnerships.
“Brown is committed to refining and deepening its relationship with the city and state we call home,” Paxson said. “As an educational institution and an employer, we have an ongoing responsibility to ensure that we lead and make an impact on the community in positive ways.”