Christy L. Brown has been appointed the ninth president of Alverno College, an educational institution for women in Milwaukee. She will take office on July 5.
Alverno College enrolls about 900 undergraduate students and 900 graduate students, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 15 percent of the undergraduate student body.
Since 2012, Brown has served as chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. With more than 17,000 members, GSWISE provides programming in seven area counties.
“I see a comparable goal in Alverno’s mission to prepare women for personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world,” Brown said. “To lead Alverno College — embracing its unique identity, Franciscan values, dedication to women’s education, and commitment to social justice, inclusion, and equity — will be a privilege and extraordinary opportunity to continue to impact the city from which I come.”
Prior to leading the Girl Scouts, Brown served as vice chancellor for finance and administrative affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2007 to 2012. Earlier, she was executive vice president and general counsel at Milwaukee Area Technical College from 2002 to 2007. She serves on the board of trustees for the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Brown is a graduate of Stanford University in California, where she majored in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in African American history and women’s studies and a juris doctorate from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.