News Release from AASCU


Contact: Kellee Edmonds 202-478-4662


The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is pleased to announce Dr. Teresa (Terry) Brown as its new vice president for academic innovation and transformation. 

Brown has more than 20 years of higher education leadership, most recently as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia. Over the span of her career, she has served at three AASCU institutions and engaged in several AASCU initiatives, most notably those related to the Division of Academic Innovation and Transformation. 

As a first-generation college student, Brown is committed to student success and spearheaded several efforts to increase college completion. She led a strategic enrollment management plan and retention strategy that was largely shaped by SUNY Fredonia’s participation in AASCU’s Re-Imagining the First Year of College project. Brown also worked with AASCU’s teacher education initiative, which supported her in rebuilding a high-quality 21st Century Program. As a University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UW-River Falls) faculty member, she led the internationalization of the curriculum, encouraging students to study abroad and faculty to participate in AASCU’s Japan Studies Institute. In addition, as an associate dean at UW-River Falls, she served as the first chair of AASCU’s American Democracy Project. 

Brown, who has served as a faculty member and is a tenured professor in English, has taught, presented and published in her field, including “Women and Economics on the Global Scene: A Review of Films” in Feminist Collections, Volume 22.1, Fall 2000. Her expertise also informed an influential report on developmental education at the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, which led to reform that continues today. She has presented at numerous higher education conferences and launched an annual speaker series on “The Future of College,” inviting nationally recognized leaders to address topics such as preparing to serve the new student, college affordability, and the changing nature of faculty.

As the vice president for academic innovation and transformation, Brown will oversee an extensive portfolio that includes student success, teacher education, civic engagement, and international education. She succeeds George Mehaffy, who is retiring after two decades of leadership at AASCU.

Brown is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida and a B.A. in English with a minor in biology and an M.A. in English from Virginia Tech. 

Brown begins her role at AASCU on Sept. 23. 


The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise of Opportunities for All.