Dr. Michelle Brown
Reporting to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Brown oversees the academic counseling staff, serves as the liaison between the athletic and academic communities at FAU, and serves as the liaison to the Office of the Dean of Students. Dr. Brown's objective is to ensure that student-athletes have the resources and support structure in place to reach their educational goals and support their personal development. Dr. Brown spearheaded the cultural shift from mandatory study table to taking a holistic approach and adopting an objective based study program. Academic plans are tailored to each student-athlete's specific needs, goals and learning objectives.
Dr. Brown oversees the NCAA's Academic Performance Program, which includes the Academic Progress Rate (APR) and the Graduation Success Rate (GSR). She serves on the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program Advisory Group. In addition, she served as a panelist at the NCAA Regional Rules Seminar and presented at the Sun Belt Academic Summit on topics related to APR.
Dr. Brown has been at FAU since 1997. Before taking her position with the SACAE in October 2002, she was an assistant director for freshman programs. Throughout her tenure at FAU, she has worked with students in many capacities focusing on their personal development and academic success. While working full-time at FAU, she earned her doctorate in education in educational leadership, higher education administration.
The balance between academics and athletics has been a very important part of Dr. Brown's life. A local Florida talent, Dr. Brown graduated from Spanish River High School and earned a full athletic scholarship in volleyball at West Virginia University. She decided to become a Mountaineer and had a successful Division I athletic career earning several awards including being named on the GTE Region-2 All Conference Academic First Team and the Atlantic-10 All- Conference First Team. Some university records are still held by Dr. Brown. She graduated with honors in four years with a bachelor of arts in international studies and foreign languages.
Having earned the Atlantic-10 Post Graduate Scholarship and a graduate teaching position, she continued her education by earning a master of arts in foreign language from West Virginia University. In 1995, Dr. Brown married Jody Brown and returned to Boca Raton. They have one son who enjoys sports just as much as his parents.