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Last Edited: 02/17/10
Western Carolina’s Pat Brown wins national leadership award

The Association for Continuing Higher Education recognized Patricia Brown, dean of educational outreach at Western Carolina University, with the 2009 Leadership Award at its 71st annual conference held recently in Philadelphia. The Leadership Award is the highest award given by ACHE and recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of continuing higher education.

“For more than 30 years, Pat Brown’s energized and insightful leadership has influenced university presidents and deans in almost every sector of higher education to adopt distance learning as the core of their institutional growth and service to place-bound adults,” said 2009 ACHE President Rick Osborn. “She is considered a pioneer in the development and administration of distance learning programs.”

“Dean Pat Brown has been a strong advocate for distance education and the adult learner,” said Provost Kyle Carter. “During her tenure, WCU’s distance education programming has grown tremendously making us one of the primary providers in the University of North Carolina system.”

The award comes as Brown announces her plans to retire on June 30.