Dr. Gary Brown
Dr. Gary Brown had previously served as executive vice president of Mercyhurst North East from 1996-2011 before taking on a new post as senior vice president and chief financial officer at the Erie campus from 2011-2014. He returned to the Mercyhurst North East campus as chief operating officer in January 2014 following the retirement of Dr. Kenneth Zirkle.
During his first tenure at Mercyhurst North East, Brown grew enrollment from 148 to 1,100 students. He oversaw the construction of three sets of student townhouses, one freshmen residence hall, the Michele and Tom Ridge Health and Safety Building, several new science labs (including a cadaver lab) and three athletic fields. Brown laid the foundation for the Mercyhurst Saints athletics department, adding 12 NJCAA athletic programs. Additionally, he was instrumental in helping to raise $2 million from individuals and foundations for the first campus endowment with a million dollar donor matching challenge.
More recently, at the Erie campus, Brown facilitated and prepared the annual operating budget and was the lead administrative resource for three Board of Trustees committees: Budget and finance, strategic finance and buildings/grounds. He also created a multi-year financial model for funding the 2020 Strategic Plan.
Brown earned a bachelor of arts in biology from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y. He went on to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Carbondale, Ill., to earn a master of science in college student personnel and a doctor of philosophy in educational administration and higher education.
Brown brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in higher education administration. His previous posts at Mercyhurst include associate dean of students, director of retention and residence life (1994-1996), and assistant dean of students and director of residence life (1989-1994.) Prior to joining Mercyhurst, Brown was employed at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale as the assistant head resident and coordinator of housing programming.
Brown serves as financial advisor to Integlio Productions, a board member of the Lake View Country Club, local advisory board member of First National Bank, and board member of Brevillier Village Retirement Community.