Former Board Chair and Wife Make $25,000 Donation to FSU
Ben and Dorothy Brown have been affiliated with Fayetteville State University (FSU) for as long as they can remember. He earned his Master of Business Administration and Master of Education degrees from FSU and served on the Board of Trustees for eight years, two of those years as its chairman. Mrs. Brown, an alumna, is a retired professor having taught in the School of Education for 10 years. They have always had FSU’s best interest at heart.
Today, FSU administrators announced that the Browns have made a $25,000 donation to the institution. The money will be used to establish the John “Ben” Brown and Dr. Dorothy G. Brown Endowed Scholarship in support of students majoring in education and/or business and economics.
FSU Chancellor James A. Anderson said the Browns have always been supporters of FSU and the institution is grateful for their loyalty and dedication. He said they are a shining example of the university’s motto “Res Non Verba” (“Deeds Not Words).
“John and Dorothy are among FSU’s greatest fans. They always answer when we call upon them to lend a helping hand or to support the university in some capacity,” Anderson said. “The fact that they chose to establish this endowed scholarship shows their love for their alma mater and it demonstrates their commitment to students in financial need.”
While they have been regular donors to FSU, the Browns said they wanted to increase their support. They said FSU played important roles in their professional lives and they felt it was time to pay it forward.
“We felt that we needed to step up and do more in giving back to the place that has been so special and important in our lives,” Ben Brown said. “My years at FSU in the MBA and Masters in Education Administration programs provided me with skill sets that enabled me to have a successful career in Local Government Executive Management following a career in the military,” Ben Brown said. “It provided my wife with foundational skills to pursue her very successful career in education, attaining a master’s and doctorate, and teaching in the public school and university levels.”
FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina System, FSU has nearly 6,000 students and offers degrees in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
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