West Virginia Wesleyan College graduate Dr. Ted Brown ’73 was awarded posthumously the Ken Yamada Distinguished Leadership Award, presented jointly by the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (IAMSCU) and the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC) at the 2017 IAMSCU Conference.
Dr. Brown had been chosen for this honor prior to his unexpected death on May 20. Dr. Brown served as the 30th president of Martin Methodist College for nearly 20 years and as IAMSCU president for six years. At the time of his death, he was serving as interim associate general secretary for the Division of Higher Education at GBHEM. He previously served on the GBHEM Board of Directors for two consecutive quadrennia, as vice president of the Division of Higher Education.
Brown is a native of southern New Jersey and grew up as an active member of The United Methodist Church. He graduated from Wesleyan with a degree in Philosophy. Brown later earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Leadership at Vanderbilt University. He also conducted post-doctoral work at Harvard University.
In 2011, the IAMSCU and NASCUMC boards of directors announced the creation of the “Flame of Excellence: The Ken Yamada Distinguished Leadership Award,” and presented the first award to Yamada. The award recognizes an outstanding educator who has made significant contributions to the Worldwide Methodist Mission in Education.
Pictured are Dr. Joel Thierstein, president of the College, and Cheryl Brown ’73, the wife of the late Dr. Ted Brown, who attended the NASCUMC conference in July.