Release date: November 25, 2014

Zane State College Announces Dr. Chad Brown as Next President

During a board of trustees meeting on November 24,Chairman John W. Knight announced the
board had unanimously chosen Dr. Chad Brown, provost and executive vice president of Zane
State College, as the next president of the College, effective July 1, 2015. He will succeed Dr.
Paul Brown, who is retiring in June after serving as president for over 11 years.

John W. Knight, chairman of the board, said, “We are extremely pleased to appoint Dr. Chad Brown
as the next president of Zane State College. The board agreed Chad was a perfect choice considering
his dedication to data informed decision making and success with creating and implementing programs.”

Current President Paul Brown commented, “Upon hearing the news, I was pleased and very happy
for Chad. He has been a tremendous asset to the College, and I am confident he will lead the College
to continued success.”

Dr. Chad Brown joined Zane State College in 2005 as academic dean of health, public service, and
service related programs. In 2008, he was named vice president for academic services and workforce
development, before becoming provost and executive vice president in 2012. Prior to Zane State College,
Dr. Chad Brown worked at Capital University and the University of Michigan.

While at Zane State College, Dr. Chad Brown has championed several improvements including
developing strategies to help at risk students.

Dr. Chad Brown has also been leading the College’s work in continuous quality improvement.
He has centralized the collection of data, expanded information gathering, and developed
improved models for linking data analysis to decision making and the College’s strategic plan.
His work has garnered the attention of his peers, and justifiably, he serves on multiple state level
teams focused on increasing student success and college completion. He is also frequently
invited to speak at state and national conferences.

“I am humbled and flattered by the action taken by the board. Zane State College is a truly great
institution, one filled with great people simply doing great things. The College, the community,
and the region as a whole have a bright future, and I am proud to play a small part in that,”
Dr. Chad Brown said.

Dr. Brown has a bachelor’s of arts from Capital University, a master’s of science from the
University of Michigan, and a doctorate from Ohio University.

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Zane State College was established in 1969 and has campuses in both Zanesville and Cambridge, Ohio.
With over 40 two-year associate degree programs, certificate programs, workshops, and occupational skills training,
Zane State College’s hands-on, experience-based education prepares students for immediate employment in today’s
diverse and dynamic work environments and is an excellent foundation for continuing education.
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