Dr. Chad M. Brown became the sixth president of Zane State College on July 1, 2015.
Dr. Brown served as provost and executive vice president of the College from 2012 until his appointment to the role of president.
He has a strong belief in, and a history of success with, data-driven decision making. He led the College’s efforts in continuous
quality improvement, which involved the centralized collection of data, expanding information gathering, and developing models
for linking data analysis to decision making and the College’s strategic plan.
He served as the College’s core team leader for Achieving the Dream, a national non-governmental reform movement for student
success, focused primarily on helping low-income and minority students obtain college credentials. Zane State College was
named an Achieving the Dream Leader College in 2009, and Dr. Brown’s work and leadership was instrumental in the College’s
recognition as a Leah Meyer Austin Student Success Leadership Award runner-up in 2010 and 2011, and award winner in 2012.
While at Zane State College, Dr. Brown has initiated several improvements and worked with employees to develop strategies to
help at-risk students. This included a new first-year experience program that resulted in new procedures and advising experiences.
Dr. Brown is also a strong advocate for collaboration and continues to strengthen relationships with a wide range of two- and four-
year colleges and universities. The partnerships benefit students in several ways, including making it easier for students to start a
bachelor’s degree at Zane State College before finishing the degree at a four-year institution.
Dr. Brown has presented for numerous professional organizations including the Association for Institutional Research, the State
Higher Education Executive Officers, Women in Government, Achieving the Dream, the National Conference on the First Year
Experience and Students in Transition, the Higher Learning Commission, the League for Innovation, and the National Institute for
Staff and Organizational Development. He also serves as a Policy Center Advisory Team member and consultant to the John N.
Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. His research has focused heavily on two-year college persistence
and barriers to success for nontraditional students.
Prior to his role as provost and executive vice president, Dr. Brown served as the vice president for Academic Services and
Workforce Development and dean of Health, Public Service, and Service-Related Programs at Zane State College. Before coming
to Zane State College, Dr. Brown was an assistant professor at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he served as chair of
the Department of Health and Sport Sciences and head athletics trainer. His teaching focus included Kinesiology, Biomechanics,
and Applied Human Anatomy.
Originally from Carroll, Ohio, Dr. Brown has made southeastern Ohio his home. He is active in the community, serving as a member
of the Muskingum Family YMCA Board of Directors, the Zanesville Museum of Art Board of Directors, and the Animal Shelter Society
Board of Trustees.
In addition to his wife Susan and son Joseph, Dr. Chad Brown’s passions include supporting the local arts community, and he enjoys
woodworking, running, gardening, and hiking.
Dr. Brown has a bachelor’s of arts in Athletic Training from Capital University, a master’s of science in Kinesiology from the University of
Michigan, and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Ohio University.