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Joyce F. Brown

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
What’s The Bottom Line?

Birthplace

Born:
7/7/1947
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
What’s The Bottom Line?

Birthplace

Born:
7/7/1947
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

University president Dr. Joyce F. Brown was born on July 7, 1947 in New York City. Brown attended New York City Catholic schools. She later attended Marymount College where she earned her B.A. degree in psychology in 1968. Following her undergraduate education, Brown enrolled in New York University, earning her M.A. degree in counseling psychology in 1971 and her Ph.D. in 1980. Brown worked at Borough of Manhattan Community College while simultaneously receiving her advanced degrees in counseling psychology. She served as Director of Instructional Testing and Research, Coordinator of Community Education Projects and the Director of Paraprofessional Teacher Education Program during her tenure at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

In 1983, Brown married civic leader H. Carl McCall. That same year, she was hired as Dean at Bernard M. Baruch College of The City University of New York, where she was in charge of Urban Affairs until 1987. Her other positions at The City University of New York included Acting President of Bernard M. Baruch College; Vice Chancellor for Urban Affairs and Development and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Urban Programs. In 1987, Brown served on the commission for the Task Force report, The Black Family in New York State: Current Crisis/Recent Trends. That same year, she became the Director of Boys Harbor Inc., an organization that was established to empower children through education, cultural enrichment and social services. In 1990, Brown earned a certificate from the Educational Management Institute at Harvard University. In 1993, she was appointed Deputy Mayor for Public and Community Affairs by then Mayor David Dinkins during his re-election. After Dinkin’s mayoral loss in 1994, Brown became a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Graduate School for The City University of New York from 1994 to 1998, where she continues to serve as professor emerita.

In 1998, Brown was the first African American and first woman to be appointed as the President of the Fashion Institute of Technology, a specialized college of art and design in New York City. Brown is a member of several boards and institutions including Linens-N-Things, Polo Ralph Lauren, Neuberger Berman, Paxar Corporation, the United States Enrichment Corporation, member of the Warm Up America Foundation, former trustee of Marymount College, and a former member of the Metropolitan Chapter of The Links.

Joyce Brown was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 26, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Joyce F. Brown's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Joyce F. Brown lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Joyce F. Brown describes her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Joyce F. Brown describes her maternal great-grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Joyce F. Brown recalls her maternal grandmother's sewing business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Joyce F. Brown describes her parents' work ethic
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Joyce F. Brown describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Joyce F. Brown talks about her extended family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Joyce F. Brown describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Joyce F. Brown remembers her family's apartments in New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Joyce F. Brown describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Joyce F. Brown describes her parents' occupations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Joyce F. Brown remembers her parents' emphasis on education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Joyce F. Brown describes the Our Lady of Lourdes School in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Joyce F. Brown describes her relationship with her sister
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Joyce F. Brown remembers her early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Joyce F. Brown remembers celebrating the holidays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Joyce F. Brown remembers Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Joyce F. Brown remembers her road trip to California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Joyce F. Brown remembers her graduate studies at New York University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Joyce F. Brown describes the start of her career as an academic administrator
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Joyce F. Brown talks about New York City's middle college high school program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Joyce F. Brown describes the South African business program at the City University of New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Joyce F. Brown describes the South African business program at the City University of New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Joyce F. Brown recalls her acting presidency of Baruch College in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Joyce F. Brown talks about her teaching experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Joyce F. Brown remembers serving as Mayor David N. Dinkins' deputy mayor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Joyce F. Brown reflects upon the development of her career aspirations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Joyce F. Brown talks about Mayor David N. Dinkins' administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Joyce F. Brown recalls joining the Graduate Center faculty at the City University of New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Joyce F. Brown describes her courses at the City University of New York Graduate Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Joyce F. Brown reflects upon her background in psychology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Joyce F. Brown recalls becoming president of the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Joyce F. Brown describes New York City's Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Joyce F. Brown talks about her selection as president of the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Joyce F. Brown describes her background in politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Joyce F. Brown describes the expansion of the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Joyce F. Brown describes the curriculum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Joyce F. Brown talks about her husband, H. Carl McCall's political career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Joyce F. Brown talks about her board memberships
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Joyce F. Brown talks about the students of color at the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Joyce F. Brown describes the Fashion Institute of Technology's programs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Joyce F. Brown reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Joyce F. Brown narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Joyce F. Brown narrates her photographs, pt. 2