Paul R. Brown is the dean of the College of Business and Economics, a position he assumed in July 2007.

Dean Brown has led many key initiatives to advance the college since assuming the deanship. Foremost, he launched an unprecedented and historic faculty recruiting campaign designed to increase the faculty engine by 25%. To date, almost three dozen faculty across all ranks joined the College representing a wide variety of backgrounds, disciplines and institutions. Combined with faculty attrition and retirement, the composition of the College’s professorate is over 40% different since 2007, and is currently slightly more than 40% pre-tenured. The total full-time faculty in the College is at an historic high of 79. The campaign to increase the professorate continues with an aggressive faculty recruiting plan currently underway.

Dean Brown has also implemented major leadership changes since arriving on campus, particularly focusing on undergraduate and graduate program leadership, as well leadership of the College’s centers. Focus has also been placed on enrollment management and student support services for an increased student population in the College at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Under Dean Brown’s leadership, over the course of a ten-month period in 2010 the College of Business and Economics completed a transformative and wide-sweeping Strategic Plan. The Plan was unanimously endorsed by the faculty and sets the trajectory for the College over the next ten years.

Prior to joining Lehigh, Dean Brown spent over 20 years at New York University’s Stern School of Business where he held a variety of senior academic and administrative positions at both the school and university level. He served as the Associate Dean of Executive MBA Programs, and Academic Director of TRIUM, NYU Stern’s global executive MBA program in alliance with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and HEC School of Management, Paris. He is also served as chair of the Department of Accounting, Taxation and Business Law at NYU Stern.

His research interests in financial reporting and analysis include: financial statement analysis, FASB/SEC policy analysis, international reporting and analysis, earnings measurement and management as well as managing earnings expectations.

He coauthored Financial Reporting, Financial Statement Analysis, and Valuation: A Strategic Perspective (through sixth edition), a widely used textbook in undergraduate, MBA and executive education programs. In addition, he is the author of the eBook, Foundations of Financial Statement Analysis, which is used in both traditional teaching and mixed-mode distance learning settings. Dean Brown is the founding editor of The Journal of Financial Statement Analysis.

Dean Brown received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College, and his Doctor of Philosophy as well as his Masters of Professional Accountancy degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

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