Edward “Ted” Brown III, CBCP, CBCV, MBCI*
Candidate for the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees
Leadership – Now more than ever, our Board of Trustees and Penn State, need experienced leaders. I’ve held every position level in the Private Sector, from Manager to President, including Executive positions in my 30 year career at IBM, an organization larger than Penn State.
Crisis Management and Disaster Recovery – I’ve had decades of experience planning for, and recovering from, actual disasters, including “on- the- ground” leadership for over a year restoring the University of the Virgin Islands after the devastation of Hurricane Marilyn. This leadership was recognized by my election to the Disaster Recovery Hall of Fame along with Rudy Guiliani. I’m the only Penn State graduate elected to this Hall of Fame. And the only Trustee candidate to actually lead a major recovery of a university. After the fiasco in the parking lots prior to the OSU game a few years ago, where people were threatened with arrest, I offered my expertise to the University and the Board in preparing for disasters.
Furthermore, I have met with a Dean of one of our University Park Colleges to review his plans for a Virginia Tech type of event, as he and I believe Penn State is not prepared. My Company does Work Place Violence consulting and education. I would be honored to chair a new committee on disaster preparation and recovery, and Work Place Violence, of course at no cost to the University, like my efforts with the Dean.
Special Needs Focus – I’m the proud father of an adult young lady with special needs. The Special Olympics does a great job in Centre County, but Penn State needs to do more.
Visibility, Openness and Transparency – Trustees need to be visible and ambassadors for the University. They need to convey the “We are … Proud… Penn Staters” to the world. I speak at confernces all over North America and
ALWAYS mention Penn Sate in my speeches. And the Board members need to embrace and follow “Due Process” as I have in my decades of leadership.
Fund Raisers – The State of Pennsylvania will continue to try to reduce its contribution, to Penn State. Trustees need to be voices in support to the state, the community, business, and our Alumni. I am a well-accomplished fund raiser, having raised money for Penn State Worthington Scranton, Theta Delta Chi, Penn State Dance Marathon (THON), Parmi Nous, Special Olympics, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Penn State Heritage -As a Penn State student, I was involved in the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), and the Interfraternity Council (IFC). I was President of Theta Delta Chi, Vice President of Alpha Phi Omega, and President of Parmi Nous. I served in the past on the Board of Penn State Worthington Scranton. I am currently a member of the Centre County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, serving on its Board. I am also President of the Parmi Nous Alumni Interest Group, and a member of the Mount Nittany Society, Nittany Lion Club, Floating Lions Club, Tailback Club, and a major contributor to THON. I was an original Founder of the Beaver Stadium Suites, and am still an “owner.” I am a proud member of a three-generation Penn State family: Mother: Ruth Morrow, 1943; Father: Edward B. Brown Jr. (Theta Xi) 1941; Brother: Gary B. (Colonel US Army, retired) 1983; Daughter: Courtney (Chi Omega)2002; Son-in-Law: Keith Cecere (Kappa Delta Rho) 2003; Niece: Hannah Chakan 2012; Daughter: Katee (Delta Gamma) 2006; Nephews: Shawn Brown, 2013 & Daryl Brown , 2013. Katee and Courtney are active THON supporters having both danced, with Courtney winning the Rick Funk Dance Marathon Leadership Award, and Katee founding the first THON Theater group. Incidentally, Courtney and I were the first Father/ Daughter Parmi Nous members. Katee ran in the second annual THON Express from the Penn State Hershey Medical Center to Penn State and Courtney ran in the third one in 2008.
State College Resident – What better evidence is there of love for Penn State than the fact that a year ago, we moved our family and the Headquarters of our international business to State College to be near the University. I believe that it’s an advantage to be a Trustee living in State College in case of emergency events or Trustee meetings. Of course KETCHConsulting is a member of the the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County (CBICC)
*CBCP (Certified Business Continuity Professional), Certified Business Continuity Vendor), MBCI (Member of the Business Continuity Institute)