Dr. Daniel A. Brown,
Dr. Dann Brown became Dean of University College on August 1, 2011. He immediately focused on establishing the framework for Personalized Academic & Career Exploration (PACE): A Focus on Freshmen, which is Texas State's Quality Enhancement Plan. Priorities for his first year as dean included completing the College strategic plan, hiring administrative and professional staff, finalizing plans for the relocation of University College faculty and staff to the new Undergraduate Academic Center, pursuing external funding to expand Texas State's ability to serve Hispanic and low-income students, and developing strategies to enhance the visibility of University College and the PACE Center.
During the spring 2012 semester, the 2012-2017 University College strategic plan was completed. As summer began, staffing in the PACE Center and University College was continued with the successful hiring of a new assistant dean, three directors, two assistant directors, 15 academic advisors, and administrative support personnel. On June 1, 2012, University College transitioned to the Undergraduate Academic Center and welcomed its first group of PACE freshmen at orientation advising only five days later. Texas State's first U.S. Department of Education Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions grant, titled "Mentoring and Academic Coaching: Foundations for Student Success," was funded for approximately $2.9 million for academic years 2013-2017. A new Advise TX chapter was initiated at Texas State with the support of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and College for All Texans. New marketing materials were developed and shared with students and parents prior to and during New Student Orientation.
Before joining Texas State, Dr. Brown served as Dean of University College at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he was responsible for college readiness initiatives, retention services, and programs enhancing first-year student success. He also obtained approximately $9 million in external funding while at TAMUK, including three successful Title V grant programs. Brown began his career in higher education at Eastern New Mexico University, where he developed curricula and gained introductory experience as a program and department administrator.
Dr. Brown earned both a B.S. and an M.S. in Biology from Pittsburg State University in Kansas and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Oklahoma State University. He lives in San Marcos with his wife, Lisa, and son, Michael.