About Interim President Kelli Brown

Photo of Dr. Kelli Brown, Interim President of Valdosta State University.

Effective July 1, 2016, Kelli R. Brown, became Interim President of Valdosta State University, a regional comprehensive university in southern Georgia. Prior to this, she was the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Georgia College and State University for three years (2013-16), where she led faculty and student success initiatives, including revitalizing a Center for Student Success, centralizing academic advising, increasing the 4 year graduation rate by 25%, supported numerous leadership development programs for faculty and department chairs, and faculty recognition (including awards and tenure and promotion). She was the Interim Dean and Professor in the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida (2012-13) and was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2007 to 2012. She was an ACE Fellow in 2011-12. From July 2003 through June 2006, she was the Interim Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of South Florida (USF). Prior to this appointment she was an active faculty member in the College of Public Health. Before joining the faculty at USF in 1996, she was Chairperson of the Department of Health Sciences at Illinois State University for two years. During her seven years at Western Illinois University, she rose through the ranks to become the Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Health Sciences, and ultimately Assistant to the Dean in the College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. She holds an Associate of Arts degree in dental hygiene from Michael J. Owens Technical College (Toledo, OH), a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Services, and Master of Science and Education in Public Health from the University of Toledo, and a Ph.D. in Health Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Dr. Brown's research interests include school and community partnerships, prevention [social] marketing, and adolescent and youth health issues. While at USF she was a Co-PI in the University of South Florida’s Prevention Research Center, Community-Based Prevention Marketing (CBPM): Building Local Capacity for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and was the Sarasota Demonstration Project Director. She has worked on numerous funded projects in which social marketing has been used in community and school settings. She was the principal investigator for Florida's statewide social marketing campaign, Florida Cares for Women, to increase breast and cervical cancer screening utilization, and worked with the Seminole women of Florida in developing culturally appropriate breast and cervical cancer materials.

Dr. Brown has been active in several professional health education organizations. She recently served as the President of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). SOPHE serves as an independent professional association represented by a diverse membership of nearly 4,000 health education professionals and students throughout the United States and 25 international countries. She was the first female President of Eta Sigma Gamma, health education’s national honorary. She has been an active member of numerous professional organization boards, and is currently a Board member of the Foundation for the Advancement of Health Education, Inc. (FAHE, a 501c3). She was an editorial board member for the Social Marketing Quarterly journal, and was the first co-editor of the Health Promotion Practice’s social marketing and health communication column from 2006-2009. She was the Editor of the Journal of School Health, a highly esteemed peer-reviewed journal for adolescent and school health, from 2008 – 2011. She recently was selected to be an inaugural member of the Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Editorial Board.

Dr. Brown has been married to Dennis M. Brown for 27 years.