Dr. Ray Brown is the Vice President for Economic and Community Development at Rogers State University.
He is also the Director of the Innovation Center where he leads the university’s outreach efforts to promote economic and community development in northeastern Oklahoma.
Dr. Brown directs programs at the Innovation Center that foster economic development, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. The Center provides small business counseling, entrepreneurship training, incubator facilities and support services, and economic and demographic research related to marketing and economic development.
Dr. Brown joined Rogers State University in 1999 as Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs. While serving in this capacity, RSU received approval for its first bachelor’s degrees, achieved accreditation as a baccalaureate granting institution, developed and offered the first online baccalaureate degree programs in Oklahoma, constructed new apartments for 250 students, and completed the design of the new university library.
In 2002, he started the Center for Economic and Community Development, which was relocated into newly constructed facilities and renamed the Innovation Center in 2005. The Center contains a technology and business incubator that focuses on information technology and bioscience ventures.
Prior to joining Rogers State University, Brown was President of Western Oklahoma State College for four years. He also served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Sul Ross State University, and Lamar University-Orange.
He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University with a specialization in demography and economic development.Dr. Brown has over twenty-five years of executive experience in higher education and extensive experience in economic and social research.