About the Provost

Dr. Kelli McCormack Brown currently serves as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Georgia College & State University, Georgia’s public liberal arts institution. Since her arrival in 2013 faculty and student success has been a priority.  Numerous faculty initiatives such as initiating a Provost Fellow program, a Faculty Summer Scholarship Program, as well as incentivizing faculty awards across campus have been implemented.  Using data analytics and being intentional and strategic with professional academic advising and faculty mentoring there has been a 25% increase in 4 year graduation rate since her arrival.  She created a National Scholarship Office, which oversaw 2 Fulbright recipients in Spring 2017 as well as numerous applications and a Truman Finalists.  She facilitated a university-wide program prioritization process that has allowed the institution to redirect close to $1M in resources to programs that better meet the institution’s mission.  She fervently supports those seeking leadership skills.  Annually Georgia sends at least one female faculty member to HERS, and has over the years supported 3 ACE Fellows, and several BAPA participants.

In her role as CAO, she has been elected as a Board member of the Association for Chief Academic Officers, has presented at the Academic chairpersons Conference.  She has also been invited to be a panel member for ACE’s New CAO group as well.

Prior to this, 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 has actively served serval professional health education organizations.  She served as the President of the Society for Public Health Education.  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.  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 received numerous awards for her outstanding teaching, scholarship and service as a faculty member as well as the American Association for Health Education Scholar Award (given to a health education professional for the excellence in scholarship within the profession).  She also holds Fellow status within the American Association for Health Education (FAHE) and the American School Health Association (FASHA). She is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Toledo.