What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the signifigance of the life we lead.
We give back because it is the right thing to do, paying it forward is a necessity. "Deeds not words,", We must take actions to give back as part of our daily lives.
Mr. Ben Brown
Ben is retired Senior Army Officer having severed combat tours in Vietnam and Grenada, tours in the Pentagon, Europe, the Army Security Agency, Military Enlistment/Recruiting Command, and other US Army Installations. In 2009, he retired from Local Government Executive Service having served as Assistant City Manager, Finance Director, MIS Director, and Chief Development Officer at the City of Fayetteville; Assistant City Manager for Economic Development/ Deputy City Manager at the City of Greensboro; and served as Deputy County Manager of Guilford County, NC. Currently, he is the Owner and President/Managing Director of JB Associates-Management Consultants, and is an Affiliate of the HR Group, Inc., a national consulting organization.
Ben has a long association with FSU beginning with being a member of the first MBA graduating class of 1989 and later serving as an adjust instructor in the SBE for several years; he also earned a MA in Education Administration at FSU. Ben received a BS in Political Science/Social studies from Central State University (OH); completed graduate course work for a MA in Human Relations & Communications at University of Kansas while enrolled as a full-time student at the Army's Command &General Staff at Fort Leavenworth KS. He also a graduate of the 'Public Executive Leadership Academy'; the Municipal & County Administration Course'; the 'Public Finance Officer's Course'; and the 'Economic Development Course', all at UNC Chapel Hill's School of Government.
From his vantage point in the Fayetteville City Government, Ben worked tirelessly with the University to obtain Federal & City funding to develop the "Murchison Road Corridor Study", build the FSU Business Center, develop and build the "Broncos Square" Shopping Plaza; additionally he worked with local developers to acquire the land necessary to build the 'University Apartments'. He served on the FSU Board of Trustees for eight years (2003-2011) during which he served as Chair of the Board, Chair of the Chancellor Search Committee, Chair of the Business & Finance Committee, Chair of the Governance Committee and member of the FSU Foundation Board. He is a member of the International City-County Managers' Association, having served a number of years on its Governmental Affairs & Policy Committee; is a member of the North Carolina City- County Mangers' Association; having served a number of years on its Board of Directors, is a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators; Board of Directors, Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship, Greensboro NC; Chair, Advisory Board to the Dean, SBE, FSU; and over the years has served on a number of charitable boards including Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, and United Way, Providence Baptist Church Trustee Board, and the Greensboro Police Foundation.
Dorothy G. Brown is a dedicated life-long educator. Her career covers over three decades. She has served over thirty years in the field of education. She taught Elementary Education in Cumberland County Schools and worked at the University level, including Fayetteville State University Fort Bragg Campus. Additionally, she taught Adult Education while living in Wurzburg, Germany. Dr. Dorothy Brown, an FSU alumna, is a retired professor having taught in the School of Education for many years. While serving as a professor in the School of Education she received several awards, to include teacher of the year, and served on numerous department and university committees. Dr. Brown has accomplished significant research in education and has published several articles. She was honored by the Fayetteville State National Alumni Association for financial support to the University, and is a member of the Chancellor's Club.