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The Tuskegee University Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Anthony Brown as the university’s 10th president and chief executive officer.

Brown’s selection is the first time in Tuskegee’s nearly 143-year history that an alum will lead the university. He will begin his tenure on July 1.

After retiring from the Air Force with 32 years of service, Brown expanded his service in education and training as the chief operating officer of the Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid, which had a lending portfolio of $1.7 trillion, equivalent to that of the nation’s five largest consumer lending banks. As COO, he was responsible for the nation’s Title IV funding.

Most recently, he served as president and chief executive officer of the Student Freedom Initiative based in Washington, DC. The Student Freedom Initiative is the vision of Robert F. Smith, after his historic gift to eliminate the student loan debt of the Morehouse College class of 2019.

Brown, who received his bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee in accounting, earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy University, a Master’s of Strategic Studies from the Air Command and Staff College, a Master’s in National Security Strategy from the National War College, and his doctorate in Education from Baylor University.

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