Denny Brown, Doctor of Humane Letters

When Denny Brown retires from the presidency of Clarkson University at the end of this academic year, he will leave an institution that has been transformed in his eight-year tenure. Working with colleagues on campus, among its alumni, and with leaders of international business and industry, President Brown has brought Clarkson to a new level of pre-eminence among institutions with special emphasis on science and technology.

President Brown came to Clarkson in 1995 from Drexel University, where he was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. He began his career in academia as a teacher of inorganic and physical chemistry; his research has been primarily in bioinorganic chemistry. He was educated at Whitman College and the University of Illinois, and has been a fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and of the Alexander VonHumboldt Stiftung.

At Clarkson, under his leadership, Clarkson finalized a Vision for a Clarkson Education as well as a new Master Plan in 1996, and completed the consolidation of Clarkson’s academic programs on the Hill campus. President Brown implemented a new Honors Program and a master’s degree in physical therapy and with his encouragement interdisciplinary, team-based projects have become an integral part of the Clarkson learning experience. During his tenure, both enrollment and major giving increased, residence halls were renovated, and Bertrand H. Snell Hall, housing the School of Business and the School of Liberal Arts as well as three academic “centers,” was constructed.

St. Lawrence is proud to recognize the leader of one of our neighboring fine institutions of higher education, and our favorite hockey rival, with the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters.