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State Rep. Tim Brown to receive Honorary Doctorate

October 21, 2022

State Representative Tim Brown, a longtime supporter of higher education and Indiana State University, will receive an Honorary Doctorate from ISU after a unanimous vote Friday by the Board of Trustees.

Brown, from Crawfordsville, has been in office since 1994 and is not seeking reelection this year. He has served on the House Ways and Means Committee since 2013. He will receive the honorary degree in December at Winter Commencement.

“We are pleased to offer the Honorary Doctorate, the highest institutional recognition, to Representative Brown for his tremendous leadership in crafting state budgets that directed funding for important initiatives and campus construction projects at Indiana State University,” ISU President Dr. Deborah J. Curtis said. “Representative Brown was among the first state leaders to welcome me back to Indiana in January of 2018, and he has been a great partner and friend to Indiana State during his tenure in the Indiana General Assembly.”

Said Greg Goode, Executive Director of Government Relations and University Communication, “Chairman Brown’s impact on the ISU campus  is profound. He has clearly understood the importance of how 21st Century teaching and learning facilities help with preparing graduates for the 21st Century workforce. I have been honored to work with him over many years and am thrilled that he will receive this well-deserved honor from ISU.”

Brown championed ISU capital funding projects, including the College of Health and Human Services, Hulman Center, Dreiser Hall, Normal Hall, and the Commerce and Fine Arts Building. He has been a strong proponent of the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute, which is housed at ISU.

Brown is a retired emergency room physician and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Indiana University. He earned his undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan and his medical degree from the University of Illinois.

In other actions, the trustees:

--Approved the naming of the Union Health Nursing Skills Lab (see separate news release).

--Approved no increase in rates for employee medical, dental, and prescription drug coverage.

--Approved clarified policy on non-discrimination and anti-harassment.

--Approved a Graduate Certificate in Evaluation and Assessment.

--Approved a new, non-degree licensure program at the graduate level for elementary education.

Photo of State Rep. Tim Brown

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Dianne Powell, Associate Director of University Communication

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