CSI President Dr. Tomás D. Morales has appointed Dr. A. Ramona Brown as Vice President for Student Affairs, effective Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. Dr. A. Ramona Brown comes to CSI with a longstanding, distinguished career in higher education. Presently, Dr. Brown serves as Vice Dean for Student and External Affairs in the Grove School of Engineering (GSOE) at The City College of New York/CUNY (CCNY/CUNY). During her tenure, she has been instrumental in developing and implementing a broad range of student recruitment and retention programs and has secured significant external funding for these efforts.

In her current role, Dr. Brown oversees comprehensive academic and professional support services to lower-division engineering students, and critical programming to enhance student life in the School. Her work in expanding the School’s external relations for faculty and students with corporate, government, community, and other sectors has been notable. In addition, as Acting Vice President for Student Affairs at CCNY, she created several new academic and student life programs that increased collaboration between the College’s academic and student affairs units.

Citing a few of her most recent accomplishments, Dr. Brown developed a new undergraduate advising model for the GSOE; implemented orientation programs for new engineering freshmen, transfer students, and new engineering faculty; expanded the women in engineering effort to include distinguished role models; developed a strategic plan for the School’s proposed Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and developed broad partnerships to increase the pipeline of K-12 students in STEM fields.

Dr. Brown holds a Doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in Higher Education Administration and a MEd from Howard University in Counseling and Guidance. Her breadth of experience spans 20 years as a senior administrator in providing innovative student-centered programming to a diverse urban student population