College of Arts and Sciences Welcomes a New Dean


Following a national search that attracted more than 100 candidates, Provost Kathy Ogren announced the appointment of Kendrick T. Brown as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1, 2016.

Brown, a psychologist, most recently served as associate dean of the faculty at Macalester College—a small, private, residential liberal arts institution in St. Paul, Minn.

“Dr. Brown brings a wealth of valuable experience and excellent administrative skills to the University,” says Ogren. “His thoughtful conversations during the search process convinced us that he will be an engaged and visionary leader of the faculty and students in the College.”

“What I look for in a leader is someone of great character who is capable of envisioning the future,” says President Ralph W. Kuncl. “Kendrick is that way. His support of shared governance, commitment to collaboration, and advocacy for faculty and students coupled with his inclusive leadership style will serve him well as the College and our University move forward.”

Of his new role, Brown says, “I am excited to join the University community and contribute to the good work happening in the College. When I visited the University, I felt an immediate connection with the institution’s commitment to placing students at the center of what faculty and staff do. I look forward to leading the College and building strong bridges to advance the University’s mission.”

Brown will relocate to the area this summer with his wife, Hideko Sera, who will hold a teaching position in the School of Education. “I am absolutely ecstatic about the prospect of moving to Southern California,” says Brown. “I have lived my entire life in the Midwest from growing up and going to college in Ohio, completing my graduate degrees in Michigan, and working in Minnesota for almost 18 years. We appreciate how cozy, yet cosmopolitan Redlands feels as a city; the proximity of beaches and mountains; the incredible diversity of cultures and peoples; and the vibrant energy of the region.”


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