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olumns THE MAGAZINE OF MARTIN METHODIST COLLEGE

COMMEMORATING PRESIDENT TED BROWN 1998-2017

Winter 2017

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Dr. Ted Brown 30th President of Martin Methodist College Ted Brown was selected by the Martin Methodist College Board of Trustees as the 30th president in 1998 and assumed office on March 1. During his first year, Brown initiated a visioning process that led to the development of an ambitious 10-year plan of development for the college. Martin 2010 was based on the primary goal of growing the enrollment to at least 1,000 students, which was achieved in 2009. The plan has resulted in the addition of 36 academic programs of study, expansion of the area of the campus by more than 50 acres, construction of four new buildings and renovation of four others. The Campaign for Martin 2010 raised more than $42 million. The successor plan, Martin 2020, is now well underway with the vision of continued growth to 1,500 students, graduate-level programs and a broader impact on the south-central Tennessee region. Since his arrival at Martin Methodist, Dr. Brown has become quite involved in the community and surrounding region. He served as chair of the Giles County Chamber of Commerce and president of the Pulaski Rotary Club, along with service on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Middle Tennessee Boy Scout

Council, and he assumes various roles with the David Crocket District Committee. He has been an active member at Pulaski First United Methodist Church, serving on various committees and as a lay leader. In 2008, Brown was elected president of the 800-member International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (IAMSCU), a position he held for six years. He also serves on Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church. In 2014, Dr. Brown also completed his three-year term as chair of the Council of Presidents of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Ted Brown is a native of southern New Jersey and grew up as an active member of the United Methodist Church. He graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in Philosophy and went on to earn his Master of Divinity degree and Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership at Vanderbilt University. He also did post-doctoral study at Harvard University. Dr. Brown is married to the former Cheryl Kiser, a learning disabilities teacher who is now retired after 37 years of service in the public schools. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.


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Sally Phelps, Director of Stewardship Guy Schafer, Photographer MMC EXECUTIVE COUNCIL Robby Shelton, Interim President Dr. Judy Cheatham, Provost and

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Jeff Bain, Executive Director of Athletics Jamie Hlubb, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and Operations

W. David Jones, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Edna Luna ’06, Assistant Vice President for

It has been my great pleasure to compile this special issue of The Columns commemorating Dr. Ted Brown’s 19-year tenure at Martin Methodist College (MMC). My work has taken me on a journey into the life of a man who, I discovered along the way, is far greater than the person with whom I worked on a daily basis in the President’s Office. His great integrity and strength of character run deep, and his influence reaches far and wide—across the globe, in fact. The reason I, along with some of you, did not already know about the achievements detailed in the pages of this magazine is Dr. Brown didn’t openly talk about himself and what he has done. He quickly passes successes off on the people with whom he worked, giving them the credit. Nelson Mandela once said, “Lead from the back, and let others believe they are in front.” This statement will be personified as you read the accounts of Dr. Brown shared throughout this memoir. Many people helped pull this issue of The Columns together, and I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who graciously accepted my invitation to be included in this work; to those colleagues in Colonial Hall who dropped what they were doing to assist me anytime I asked; and specifically to my wonderful intern, Kyla Young, without whom I could not have finished on time. To all of you, I am eternally grateful! To Dr. Brown and Cheryl, thank you for your years of dedicated service to MMC and for your fierce devotion to the lifeblood of this college—the students. My hope is this issue of The Columns is filled with wonderful memories that will illicit smiles and good conversation about your time at MMC and in Pulaski each and every time you open it. And as time passes, if you ever wonder and question whether you made a difference here, every page answers with a resounding YES!

Institutional Advancement

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

David Stephens, Vice President for Finance and Administration

Dr. Ed Trimmer, Executive Director of The Cal Turner Jr. Center for Church Leadership

Dr. Doris Wossum-Fisher, President of the Faculty Senate

A Judeo-Christian Blessing

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Roger Ireson

Professor, Philosophy and Religion Special Advisor to the President Ted Brown is a visionary and began his tenure at Martin Methodist College with a vision of what he wanted MMC to be and knew the college could be, and he used that vision to guide him over the next 19 years. Ted wanted MMC to be a destination school rather than a college students attended only as a stepping stone to another school. Therefore, he immediately started on a forward motion to achieve this goal. He began bringing young and highly qualified faculty to MMC, creating a new synergy on campus. Another goal to which Ted has been extremely committed was keeping MMC’s ties to the United Methodist Church strong and making the college a model of church related higher education. He and I worked together to develop an International Studies Program that was twopronged. It included an annual International Convocation that “brought the world to campus” through visiting church leaders and scholars from across the globe, and the program also included study abroad opportunities designed to equip students to function in a global context with deeper perception and appreciation for our multicultural world. Complimenting that program, MMC partnered with the Business Education Initiative (BEI) that was developed by the government of Northern Ireland to allow

Protestant and Roman Catholic students to study in U.S. institutions and to share what it is like to be Protestant and Roman Catholic in their country. In this partnership, Ted was also able to send MMC exchange students to study in universities in Northern Ireland. Also, Ted supported and facilitated the creation of a movie theater on campus in Martin Hall Auditorium that would provide quality entertainment for the campus community as well as area residents, making The Martin the only movie theater in Giles County. Ted accomplished these goals and many 2.

others all while undertaking the massive Martin 2010 Initiative and being actively involved in the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities (IAMSCU) by serving as president of the association. He also worked closely with the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, giving leadership as chairman of the Division of Higher Education. Ted is one of the most visionary and dynamic presidents in the United Methodist educational system whose leadership has been in the form of a committed ministry to institutions, students, and faculty.


B ishop Bill Mc Allily

Nashville Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church I think one of the things that I appreciate most about Dr. Ted Brown’s leadership at Martin Methodist College is his emphasis on the relationship with the church and the desire he has for us to engage young people in a culture of call to ministry. I very much appreciate the mission of Martin Methodist College. I admire that Martin Methodist continues to develop its relationship with young people who have a love for the church and who are sensing a call to ministry. A lot of our Liberal Arts colleges have lost the connection between the conference and the college, and I’m grateful for Ted’s leadership with regards to keeping that connection strong.

Having been on more than one college board, I have a deep appreciation for the college/church partnership that continues to be important for the life of the annual conference and for the lives of young people who might not otherwise be exposed to the wider church. Not only has Martin Methodist done a good job locally, it also has its eye towards the global church, and it continues to foster community and school members who can be leaders in the church in multi-cultural settings. I think the presence of Martin Methodist College in Pulaski holds an important tension with regards to Pulaski’s history and Martin Methodist’s desire to continue to be an inclusive community, and that’s a very important witness, particularly with the southern region of Middle Tennessee. Martin Methodist continues to be a bright light in some places that continue to be dark, 3.

and I see it is a place that we can point to and say, “Here’s where good work is being done.” In regards to funding, I am continuously amazed at Ted’s ability to raise money. He is not shy about what he understands his role to be as president of the college, and he continues to give leadership at the general church level through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. I think Ted’s willingness to not be isolated in Pulaski, TN but to be present across the conference and across the church has been an asset to the college and has been an asset for the witness of Martin Methodist College and the United Methodist Church partnership in the area. I know I speak on behalf of everyone when I say that we are deeply grateful for Ted’s leadership.


South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance Dr. Brown has been an important partner to the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance in multiple capacities over the years.

The first instance that comes to mind is his willingness to bring educational offerings to the Spring Hill area. This region has not traditionally had many four year educational opportunities, and Martin Methodist College has begun to fill a void that was at the Workforce Development Center at Northfield. The South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance is constantly working to fulfill the educational demands at Northfield and is proud to partner with Martin Methodist College. Dr. Brown has also expanded individuals’ opportunities for education through the partnership with the South Central Tennessee Reconnect Community. Martin Methodist College stepped in from day one and has been supportive in all aspects of the initial launch of Tennessee Reconnect to the now fully integrated system by partnering to ensure that adults have the opportunities to finish their degrees. Martin Methodist College continues to support

SCTNReconnect by providing staff to help with FAFSAs, space to meet, and any other need to advance the mission of Tennessee Reconnect. Not only have the resources of the college been extended, but also Dr. Brown’s leadership support has enabled SCTNReconnect to integrate many of the in-kind services by Martin Methodist College. Finally, the partnership of Martin Methodist College and SCTWA on the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) grant has been essential to the project’s success. Martin Methodist College’s willingness to assist with the writing of the grant as well as many of the duties that came along with being awarded the grant has ensured fluidity throughout the process. The culmination of that exciting project has been the Maker Space that is opening in downtown Pulaski, and without Dr. Brown’s vision and the tremendous in-kind contributions Martin Methodist College has made, the entire LEAP project would have never been as successful as it is. It has touched the lives of hundreds of individuals throughout the eight county region. 4.

Byron Trauger

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Attorney, Trauger & Tuke During Ted Brown’s 19 years at Martin he oversaw the greatest level of growth and development in the history of the college. He did all this with a strong sense of integrity and humility.

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. -Jack Welch


Jeff Bain

Executive Director of Athletics at Martin Methodist College Over the years of working with Ted, I’ve had the pleasure of watching his vision for Martin Methodist College mold into reality. He’s had a massive impact on the college’s athletics program, and as the Director of Athletics, I, as well as our student athletes, have been blessed to see the growth and improvements towards the athletic program.

Methodist became a national leader of the NAIA Champions of Character Initiative. We also became the first institution to have a title sponsor, the first to be endorsed by a professional Team, the Tennessee Titans, and the first to have a Student/Athlete Life Skills Program (S.O.A.R.). Ted also encouraged and supported faculty leadership opportunities, and because of his motivation and encouragement, I’ve taken on a number of leadership roles, including chairperson of the National Association of

Under Ted’s leadership over the past 19 years, the number of our student athletes increased from 150 students to over 400 students. He expanded our 11 sports teams to 15 sports teams, and he encouraged gender equity, which led to the creation of 7 all-female teams, 6 all-male teams, and 2 co-ed teams. Ted also pushed for the introduction of 4 new sports to Martin Methodist, and he packaged a business plan to fully fund the construction of our East Campus Athletic Complex where practices and competitions are held. Because of Ted’s visions and his generosity towards the athletic program, Martin 5.

Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Regional and president of the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators. Ted is a man who takes big ideas and makes them a reality. He has more than proved himself a valuable asset to the school and to the community, and while he will be greatly missed, we all sincerely hope that he will make the best of his retirement because he’s certainly earned it. Good game, Ted.


Robby Shelton AA ‘85 Interim President

Dr. Brown has been an excellent leader who has a talent for selecting great people for his management team. He always brought out the best in us by inspiring us to be better and empowering us to use our talents. He did not lead with a heavy hand; he lead by encouraging and giving suggestions that were always spot on. Dr. Brown always had a strong grasp of the issues on campus and was open-minded and eager to hear our suggestions and ideas for solving problems. Dr. Brown is fiercely committed to our students. He put students first at all times and stands as a firm advocate for them, and they know it and trust him. One of his personal traits that I admire the most is his compassion for people. He is kind to everyone and truly cares.

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Gail Newton, M.B.Ed. AA ‘77

Associate Professor, Business Associate Director of Career Services I was impressed when I first met Dr. Brown because he seemed genuinely interested in the college. Shortly after he got the presidential position, he came by to meet the faculty individually, and he wanted to hear how each of us contributed to or was a part of the college. He wanted to know what we, as the faculty, hoped to see for the college, and I appreciated his interest in us as well as the college

as a whole. Dr. Brown was a listener. He always wanted to know how we were doing and what our individual goals were, and he would listen and offer input when necessary. He was, and still is, also incredibly compassionate. I once had a health scare, and Dr. Brown was very kind and very supportive about my healing. He helped me find a balance to where I could return to work but still get the rest needed to heal. He always put us first and was more than willing to work with us to meet our needs. One of the strongest factors that Dr. Brown brought to Martin Methodist was a plan. He had a goal in mind, and while there was 7.

skepticism at first, we all quickly got on board once the products of his plan started to unfold. He encouraged us to join together to overcome the challenges that came with his plan, and I think that’s where the school is today—a product of the results of his plan. I honestly think when people look back at Dr. Brown’s presidency, they will see him as a visionary. He saw things that he wanted to happen for Martin Methodist, and he believed we could do it. He never lost sight of his visions, and he continuously encouraged us to look beyond. Ultimately, he had a plan for the college, and he wanted all of us involved, and I hope that this is what he will be remembered for.


Lon Overton Campbell AA ‘75 President, Alumni Council

On October 26, 2013, the Martin Methodist College Alumni Council sponsored a Trap Shoot to raise funds to support the newly established Martin Methodist College RedHawk Clay Target team. By Fall of 2015, the team had doubled in size with a roster of 20 team members and had the top recruiting class in the country. On October 30, 2016, the team won the Division 1 National Scholastic Clay Target Program Collegiate Championship. Martin Methodist College had just produced a National Championship in a sport that just three years earlier it didn’t have on campus, and it now attracts prospective shooters from all over the United States.

“Transformational leaders don’t start by denying the world around them. Instead, they describe a future they’d like to create instead.” - Seth Godin

I don’t know if Ted Brown can shoot a shotgun with any proficiency, but I do know that Ted, along with Athletic Director Jeff Bain, had been following the trend and the burgeoning sport for at least two years before he gave the approval to start a team. Did he know Martin Methodist would be a national champion in only three years? I doubt it. But I do know that without his approval, there would have been neither a national championship nor 20 additional students. The successful college presidents are those with vision and the wherewithal to act upon 8.

it. Ted was one of those presidents. He is a man of vision. He has given us increases in student and campus size, an accomplished and caring faculty, additional college major opportunities, scholarships, academic success, athletic respect, influence on the local and national communities, a nursing program, an MBA program and other successes too numerous to mention. Ted, on behalf of the MMC Alumni Council, please accept our gratitude and appreciation for your many years at Martin Methodist College. We wish you the best. Godspeed.


Dr. Kayla Wiggins

English Professor Program Coordinator and Chair of the Division of Humanities My first impression of Dr. Brown occurred at his job interview with the faculty, and I was very impressed with him. He had spent a lot of his career, both academic and working, connected with small, Liberal Arts colleges, and he was the perfect fit for what we were looking for in a president.

of how a college like Martin Methodist can shape students and the community; and his interest in international studies, sustainability, and the arts are just a few of the numerous things I find very important during Dr. Brown’s presidency. Whenever I am asked about Dr. Brown, I always reply that he is a man with a vision. He had a vision for this school, and in his time here, he has worked very hard to ac-

If needed, Dr. Brown would do just about anything. I remember when we first started doing our Shakespeare on the Green productions, an initiative that he helped push along, I was short on male actors. I sat across from Dr. Brown at the Faculty and Staff Picnic, and I asked him, “Would you be in my show?” He agreed- the president of a college took time out to do a play. One of my favorite memories of that production was of him sitting on the floor by the vending machines in Martin Hall wearing jeans and a flannel shirt and running lines with other student actors. It was wonderful. He gave up a lot of time from his very busy schedule to help us, and the end result was a fantastic production. What stood out to me during Dr. Brown’s presidency would be a list too long to name; however, his commitment to the kind of institution Martin Methodist is; his visions 9.

complish that vision- to give us that dream. I think he is a man of intelligence, and he is a man of commitment to what he feels is important in the world. He had other presidential options, but I truly believe that he chose Martin Methodist and stayed because he had something to give to this community.


Ted recognized early on that to be an effective leader he had to surround himself with good people. He had a knack for recognizing talents in others and had the ability for encouraging them to use those talents to become successful for themselves and the college. For these 19 years, he has consistently exhibited the skills to bring together all the diverse elements – trustees, staff, students, community—with which Ted worked on a daily basis to make the organization work so well. I’m proud of the accomplishments that have been made at MMC, and I know great things are yet to come because of the wheels that were set in motion with Ted Brown at the helm.

Michael W. Barton

Chairman of the Board of Trustees 1999-2007 Retired Healthcare Entrepreneur

the creation of that road map to our future. It became the flag around which the entire college could rally, including the student body.

It was my privilege and pleasure to serve as Chairman of Martin Methodist College’s Board of Trustees alongside Ted as President for 8 of his 19-year tenure. At the very beginning of his presidency, Ted provided leadership to the board, college executive staff and faculty for creating Martin 2010, which became the all important guide to our future. Perhaps the most critical element of Martin 2010 was the specific vision of what a college of 1000 students should look like. It was Ted’s vision that lead to

Thank you for your leadership and your friendship, Ted. Barbara and I wish you and Cheryl the same happiness and contentment we have experienced in this season of life called retirement.

The Value of Achievement Lies in the Achieving. - Albert Einstein

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V ivian Shelton

Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans & Community Wellness Detroit, Michigan Dr. Brown, HAPPY RETIREMENT. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you did for my family during the most difficult time of our life. The Shelton Family will never forget the Love, Concern and Compassion that the Martin Methodist Staff and Faculty provided us after the tragic death of our Chauncey, who was at that time, an MMC student-athlete. Under your Leadership, my son has been remembered in so many ways, from that heartfelt commencement ceremony to the

basketball games played in his memory. Your dedication to the MMC students is unmeasurable and limitless, and we are FOREVER GRATEFUL to you and the Martin Methodist Family. I wish you and your family much Happiness and Good Health. God Bless.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou 11.


M ike Hall

Commissioner Southern States Athletic Conference Dr. Ted Brown’s leadership to the National Association of Intercollege Athletics (NAIA) and Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) will be greatly missed. He served on the COP Executive Committee and most re-

cently the Chair of the SSAC Board of Presidents. He sincerely impressed me by always wanting to do what is right regardless of the situation and did not want to settle for anything but the best. He has certainly helped take Martin Methodist College to new heights and has been greatly revered by his CEO peers for many years. I hope that he sincerely enjoys his retirement and/or next opportunities of engagement 12.

knowing that he has left an indelible mark throughout the NAIA.


Dr. Claude O. Pressnell, Jr. President Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association

I’ve had the privilege of working with Dr. Ted Brown since his coming to Martin Methodist in 1998. Ted’s vision and passion for Martin Methodist has resulted in steady growth for the institution and a stability that is unmatched by many private colleges in the United States. His presidency has weathered many trying times for small colleges in the United States. When many campuses were

closing, Ted guided Martin Methodist to success. Ted has utilized his calming style of leadership to advance numerous state, federal, and international higher initiatives over time. I found his wise counsel to be incredibly helpful when he served on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association. His wisdom and steady hand provided great leadership to the Association. Ted has truly distinguished himself as one of the more effective leaders in higher education. On a personal level, Ted is a dear friend. He’s always been accessible to me when I’ve 13.

needed him on a professional or personal matter. I’ve always valued our time together. He is always incredibly generous with his time and encouragement. Ted’s words have always been laden with grace and affirmation. I’m personally thankful for Ted and the opportunity to know him during his career at Martin Methodist. I wish Ted and Cheryl the very best as they embark on new and exciting times in their lives!

“Where there is no vision the people perish.” - Proverbs 29:18


J im Malone AA ‘67 Chairman of the Board, Gattis Leadership

While saddened to hear of Ted’s retirement, I know it is well-deserved. I also know that he is not going to sit down and quit. Ted has too much to offer the world to “hang it up and go fishing.� However, he may fish some, and that is ok.

The Gattis committee met with Ted and explained what we needed and why we had come to MMC for help. Without hesitation, he said, “Count us in. Where do we start?� Ted’s guidance, suggestions, and involvement have made Gattis Leadership what it is today. His vision and ability to match teams together, his willingness to allow 14.

Edna Luna to serve as executive director for Gattis, and his unconditional partnership with MMC positioned Gattis to make the incredible mark and have the impact it’s having on our 13-county region. Thank you, Ted, for your support, your guidance, and your friendship. Gattis is just one more “feather in your cap.� Enjoy retirement, and remember you are always welcome at Gattis events anytime.







I first met Ted a few years ago in his office when my son and I called on him as a suggestion from a mutual friend regarding help MMC needed with its benefits program. The second time I met him was to ask

for his help in supporting our new regional leadership program—Gattis Leadership. Gattis engages the 13 counties in southern middle Tennessee and seeks to familiarize citizens in each county about the region and to learn about each other and work together.






raising Workshop held by ALAIME – Asociación Latinoamericana de Instituciones de Educación Metodista- and with the help of the ‘Methodist Global Education Fund’), he was accompanied by other US colleagues. Missing

L ic. Adriana B. Murriello Head of Colegio Ward

About Dr. Ted Brown, former President of IAMSCU I met Ted Brown in 2008, in Rosario, Argentina, at UCEL where we were participating in the IAMSCU Conference. The Assembly had to elect a new president, and Ted was the chosen one. Since then, we had the opportunity to see each other on many occasions and to work together, especially after my election as part of the IAMSCU Board. Ted has proved to be an excellent leader with a wise and Christian attitude of humility, in spite of all positions and honors he has attained throughout the years. I have seen him participating in different occasions with enthusiasm beyond any kind of challenges. I have also appreciated his sense of friendliness and service with other people. It has been a pleasure for me receiving him as a visitor at Colegio Ward, Argentina, in 2013. At that time (previous to the 1st Fund-

Ted has participated as a teacher in many workshops, sharing his vast and rich knowledge and experience and being an inspiration for many in attendance. He has actively promoted the incorporation and participation of Methodist schools within IAMSCU activities. As Head of Colegio Ward, I am grateful for the opportunity this gives both to Methodist schools and to thousands of students who can take part of this worldwide known organization. During 2011, in Washington, some students from Colegio Ward had the chance of sharing experiences with students from Martin Methodist College. In 2014, I also met a lovely group of students who participated in the IAMSCU Students’ Programme in Hiroshima. This was a wonderful moment of seeing Ted avidly interacting with youngsters, beyond the fact of being, at that moment, President of IAMSCU. My very best wishes to Ted for this new stage in his life!

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E dna Luna BS ‘06, MBA ‘16 Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement

In June 2007, I had my first encounter with Dr. Ted Brown when I was called in to meet with him after applying for the position of the Martin Methodist College Alumni Director. I was shifting from automotive work to higher education work, and while I was nervous at first, Dr. Brown’s support made the transition simple for me. He has a strength of recognizing hard-working efforts and potential in people. He possesses a unique gift of planting seeds of success within people without anyone directly realizing, and upon assuming the Alumni Director position, his influence and encouragement paved the way for me to be successful in higher education. One of my jobs as Alumni Director is hosting alumni area events, and I remember during one event an alumnus asked Dr. Brown, “What is your one regret about MMC?”, and his reply of “Not being an alumnus myself” warmed the hearts of everyone there because those few words truly illustrated how deeply he cared for Martin Methodist. With Dr. Brown’s passion for the college visibly apparent, his determined leadership style went on to extend beyond the college. When the Gattis Regional Leadership Board

came and spoke with him about a partnership and Martin Methodist taking the lead in providing them a facilitator, he did not hesitate to comply, and seven years later, the Gattis Regional Leadership success is known throughout the state of Tennessee. Dr. Brown’s influence as a leader can be seen everywhere, and his commitment and eagerness to help educate the students in the south central Tennessee region is nothing short of remarkable. His love for Martin Methodist is reflected in his work. He made history as the longest serving presi16.

dent at Martin Methodist College, and his presence will be missed. But he will not be forgotten because he leaves us with the memories of a great leader and with a vision that led the college to where it is today. His involvement with the college, the community, the region, the state, and beyond has gained unlimited respect for his time, his support, and his ability to take an idea and make it a reality. I wish Ted and Cheryl all the best during retirement.


past tense, but in the case of Ted Brown, they are alive and well. Ted Brown, not on horse-back but with modern day transportation, has been a participant at every level of the church—the United Methodist World Council, the General Conference, the Jurisdictional Conference, the Annual Conference, the Church’s Board of Higher Education and Ministry, and is a fixture in every nook and cranny of the Tennessee Conference. While being our leader at Martin Methodist College, he has also been an expression of Christ throughout the world. Wherever the involvement and whatever the cause, Ted Brown has made a difference.

Robert H. Spain

I am honored to have been a part of his Martin team. I am also honored and pleased to have worked with him throughout the church. Mr. Wesley talked about the world being his parish, and Ted Brown lives that sentiment; from Pulaski, Tennessee, he has cast a wide and lasting Christ shadow.

UMC Bishop Retired; Bishop in Residence United Methodist Publishing House Dr. Ted Brown’s work with Martin Methodist College is well known. In fact, we would not be where we are today without his faithful and energetic leadership. However, what is not as well-known is his work with the church beyond the boundaries of MMC’s campus. Methodists are proud of our Circuit Rider ancestors. We usually speak of them in the

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T he Rev. Dr. Kim Cape

General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Dr. Ted Brown’s leadership at Martin Methodist College for the last 19 years has shown his deep love for Higher Education and the United Methodist Church. Martin Methodist College is now known throughout the UMC as the model for denominational affiliation. His leadership in the strategic planning of Martin 2010 remains a template for a truly transformative vision. His skill in Advancement work has provided the vehicle for the execution of these formidable achievements. In addition to his effective leadership at Martin Methodist, Dr. Brown also served as the Vice-President of the Division of Higher Education for the

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. His service to the global church has also been outstanding. His leadership at Africa University and Nyadire Mission in Zimbabwe has forged friendships that have long-lasting benefits for students and their schools. The primary reason Dr. Brown is a firstrate President and a first-rate Churchman is that he is a first-rate human being. He is a quality person with maturity and deep integrity. Dr. Brown can always be trusted to do the right thing. He truly is one of the best people I know, and I am grateful for his service to Martin Methodist, to the UMC, and to GBHEM.

B ethel “Bo” Thomas I have always been impressed with Dr. Brown’s humble and kind spirit. He has provided sensitive leadership at the helm of Methodism’s one institution of higher education in middle and west Tennessee. Dr. Brown has helped position Martin Methodist to thrive for another 150 years as a beacon of hope and inspiration for learning in a Christ-like environment and as a leadership model for education and health care in rural America. 18.

L ee Stevenson

Senior Pastor Pulaski First United Methodist Church I have had the privilege of being Dr. Brown’s pastor for two and a half years. I have thoroughly enjoyed his friendship and common care and love for Martin Methodist College, The Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church, Pulaski, Giles County, and our surrounding area. I know our friendship will continue even after his retirement. He hosted the only Sunday school party I attended that left me sore for two days afterwards—he can drive a mean ski boat.


Kirk “Bam Bam” Newman BS ‘07 My situation at Martin Methodist was a little unique because I had a terrible car accident during my junior year and was seriously injured. And since I’m from Australia, I didn’t have family here to help me and care for me. However, Dr. Brown stepped right in and made things happen to aid in my recovery and to keep me on track with school. He communicated with my mom on a regular basis to keep her informed while I was recovering and to ease her mind about not being able to be here with me. He also made special arrangements for my brother, Russell, to come to campus and live with me in the dorm to care for me while I was injured and worked with my professors so that I could have the opportunity to make up work. Dr. Brown extended true compassion to my family and me during that extremely stressful time in my life, and I can’t imagine other college presidents going to the great lengths Dr. Brown did to help ensure my success. His door was always open, and he always made time to listen and offer encouragement.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring. All of which have the potential to turn a life around. –Leo Buscaglia 19.


A lvaro Morcillo Calderon BS ‘16 D aniel Emirzian BBA ‘16 My experience with Dr. Brown was absolutely EXCELLENT! What a nice President! Every time I was around him, he would always ask me how I was doing with my tennis and the team! He also used to ask me how my family in Spain was doing. Dr. Brown was very, very close with international students and always willing to help for a better accommodation at the college!

Upon hearing about Dr. Brown’s retirement, I was reminded how lucky MMC has been to have been led by such a great man. From the moment I set foot in his office after arriving on campus from Sweden to the day I got to inform him and the rest of the MMC community about the Armenian Genocide during the last week of my senior year, he was always smiling and always 20.

saying something encouraging. He really made my time at MMC better. I am happy to have gotten to know him, and I am sure that he will keep influencing and impacting people wherever he goes!

You don’t have to do something big. Simple words of encouragement can brighten somebody’s day. –Unknown


B rian M. Marcoulier BA ‘04

Pastor, Bellevue United Methodist Church I was impacted greatly by the leadership and character of Dr. Ted Brown during my time as a student from 2000-2004 and my service as the Youth Minister of Pulaski First UMC from 2002-2005. Dr. Brown and his wife Cheryl were known by students on the campus, yet more importantly, they worked to know the students, faculty, and staff of Martin Methodist College. Dr. Brown regularly took time to learn about the families and hometowns of students. He inquired about significant learning that was occurring in class as well as how it would help us succeed. From his leadership at Pulaski First UMC to his leadership as the President of Martin Methodist College, Dr. Brown actively shared his love of God, family, and education as well as his unwavering desire for a hope-filled, transforming future for Martin Methodist College. I seem to remember there was not a community gathering, choir concert, or athletic event while I was a student that Dr. Brown wasn’t ready and willing to speak on the Martin 2010 plan! During my senior year at Martin Methodist College (2004), I had the honor and privilege to serve as the president of the Student Government, which allowed me the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Brown and the Trustees in discerning the viability

and impact of the apartment buildings that are now located near the Robert E. Curry Christian Life Center. As Student Government worked to obtain student support and feedback, I began to more fully understand the future being forged for Martin Methodist College. This future involved great challenges and required boldness in the face of doubt and uncertainty. I understood more fully why Dr. Brown worked so diligently to surround himself with gifted, experienced leaders from a variety of backgrounds during this process. Dr. Brown was profoundly aware that his fortitude and dedication alone would not be enough to accomplish the vision of the Martin 2010 Plan or any plan that would follow. As a father to one of the youth in the youth ministry at Pulaski First UMC, I took no21.

tice of his constant desire to encourage and guide his son in ways that were life-giving. When he spoke in congregations around the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church, his stories of students at Martin Methodist College were real-life ways that he gave witness to the love of God at work in transforming the world. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to observe and be influenced by Dr. Brown’s leadership and character. His legacy at Martin Methodist College extends far beyond the borders of Giles County. Dr. Brown, thank you for consistently seeking to be who God created you to be, not only on the days when it brought laughter and success, but also on the days that it required self-sacrifice and discipline. I’m grateful to have shared the journey with you.


B randon Baker BS ‘06,

Executive Director of External Affairs UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering & Applied Science I grew up in a very small town in Asbury, Alabama, and I knew I wanted to go to college, but my parents and I didn’t know where the money would come from to pay for college. As luck would have it, I found out about Martin Methodist College and the Ben Alford Scholarship. I met Dr. Ted Brown the day I came to campus to compete for the Ben Alford Scholarship, and little did I know at that time that he would change my life for the better. While I truly enjoyed my time in the classroom, I feel that Dr. Brown and the leadership at MMC prepared me for so much more in life. I learned how to be a leader from watching and listening to Dr. Brown. His actions were as loud as words, and I can honestly say that I learned the most about how to be a successful leader from Dr. Brown.

life not only themselves but also their family and loved ones, too. Dr. Brown inspired me to want to be a leader in higher education—to work with successful alumni who had a passion for giving back to their alma mater and support students, like me who needed financial support to succeed. Dr. Brown is a visionary in higher education and a compassionate leader at Martin Methodist College and beyond. He is a mentor and a dear friend. Each time I see him, we always pick up where we left off. I know that even today, I could count on him for advice and guidance. Dr. Brown will always be my college President. And I have to share one funny story: I am not for sure why (and this might still be the case) but Pulaski, TN, decided during my senior year at MMC that the new mascot of the city would be a Turkey! There MMC acquired one of these massive turkeys to display at the college, and it made its rounds

As I went through my four years at MMC, I explored a few career options, but it wasn’t until my senior year when I served as student body president that I realized my calling. I had the opportunity to see Dr. Brown in action and witnessed first-hand the joy in giving back to students and the community by being a leader that promoted access and opportunity for individuals to receive an excellent education and to make a better 22.

in various buildings on campus. One evening after a basketball game, a dear friend, Adam Burgett, and I along with our roommates decided (for a senior prank) that the Turkey should spend some time on the front porch of Ted and Cheryl’s beautiful house. Around midnight, after everyone left the gymnasium, we slipped back in and loaded the turkey up. We made our way to the President’s house and quickly placed the Turkey directly in the front door so that it would greet Dr. Brown for his morning jog. I think after he got over the shock of the turkey staring him in the face as he opened the door, he had a good chuckle. I just feel bad for the hard working maintenance men who had to come and pick up that Turkey and return it to campus! It wasn’t until a few months later, during my final student body president address to the students and alumni at the Jubilee Dinner that I finally confessed…but since we were among over 100 friends of MMC, Dr. Brown could only shake his head and smile. :)


Adam McKeever-Burgett, BS ‘06 Associate Director of Academic Services Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering

I currently work as the Associate Director of Academic Services at Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering. I previously worked at two other higher education institutions, and I find that Dr. Brown is quite literally the reason I am working in higher education on a few different levels. As I approached graduation from Martin Methodist, I sought out direction for my

next steps, and Dr. Brown agreed to meet with me a number of times to discuss my options. Through those conversations with him, I was able to discern my path, and from there, I participated in the US-2 Program and then went to graduate school at Vanderbilt, which blossomed into a career in higher education. I feel that I have Dr. Brown to thank for my current career path. The concern, care, and attention that Dr. Brown gave to each student at Martin Methodist motivated me to find a similar connection with students in my position at Vanderbilt University. The fact that Dr. Brown not 23.

only knew my name but also sought me out for conversation, set aside time for private meetings, and showed genuine concern about me made, and still makes, an impact on me and how I approach my vocation. I still rely upon Dr. Brown for guidance and advice. We exchange emails about once a year, and in those emails, he encourages me, counsels me, and most importantly, he continues to show that genuine concern he showed me while I was a student at Martin Methodist. I consider his friendship among my most valuable and cherished relationships.


M aggie Taylor BS ‘16,

Graduate Student Boston University School of Theology Standard interactions between college presidents and their students are often limited. Usually, the president is seen once during orientation and never again until graduation, but I am almost sure that I saw Dr. Brown once a week, if not more, throughout my college career at Martin Methodist. Dr. Brown was not only involved in the administrative life of Martin Methodist, but he also made a personal investment in the lives of his students. Dr. Brown was the person who invited me to his house to make cupcakes when I was living in a dorm and didn’t have access to an oven because he knew that baking was how I relieved my stress. He was the person who encouraged me to become involved with the General Agencies of the United Methodist Church, where I currently sit as a board member of Discipleship Ministries. He was the leader who forged relationships with other universities to encourage student exchange programs, of which I am a proud alumna. He was the educator that facilitated programs and hired the faculty who gave me the skills I needed to be accepted with full scholarships to all six graduate schools I applied to my senior year, and he was the mentor who took many hours out of his busy weeks last spring to help me decide where to go for my Masters in Divinity.

Dr. Brown always said that his students were his pride and joy, and this was a fact that he never let us forget. He never passed up an opportunity to brag on his students, to praise them, or to pray with them. It’s rare that I have found someone who loves their work as much as I believe Dr. Brown did, but it’s even more uncommon to find someone who worked with such a high level of passion, innovation, and humility as Dr. Brown did in his time at Martin Methodist. I know that my life would not be the same if 24.

it were not for Ted Brown. There are many life lessons I would not have learned, many places around the world I would not have seen, and many amazing people I would not have met if it were not for him. Dr. Brown was and still is a blessing in my life.

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. –Amelia Earhart


Mario A. Martinez Cabrera Current Student Math

When I first had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Brown, I quickly realized that he was a very kind and caring person. His charisma was simple yet approachable to students, and it was very apparent that he always had the students’ best interests in mind. When I was a part of the OpporTUNEity program, Dr. Brown illustrated his care and respect by supporting us as teachers.

He provided pizza for the students every Wednesday prior to their piano classes, and while that was a simple gesture, it went a long way for the students. I could tell from my students’ laughter and joy that they were grateful. It heightened the atmosphere throughout the whole afternoon, and it continuously reminded me of how much of a blessing Dr. Brown was to all of us. While attending the World Methodist Conference in Houston, TX, I was once again reminded of Dr. Brown’s approachability as well as his humor. We had dinner together 25.

one night, and it was a casual yet meaningful moment filled with conversation about everyday life and future desires. Dr. Brown has been very supportive and encouraging towards my education. He was a great president to Martin Methodist College as well as an overall great person. His calmness brought peace among the students, and I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone when I say that Dr. Brown’s presence was and always will be a delight.


S tephanie Black

Current Student Church’s Ed. Ministry There are numerous ways in which Dr. Brown has helped make my time at Martin Methodist better than I could have imagined. From worshipping at chapel on Wednesdays to cheering on our basketball team, Dr. Brown is always there to show his support. Not only does he show his support through encouragement but also through small thoughtful things such as handwritten birthday cards to each student. He always greets me with a smile and a kind word. Dr. Brown has been not only the face of Martin Methodist to me, but also the heart and soul. He has been an impeccable example of dignity and care, and will be greatly missed. Thank you Teddy B. for everything, God bless!

We rise by lifting others. –Robert Ingersoll

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K atie Cooper BS ‘10,

Camp Director at Galileo Camps Long Beach, California Dr. Brown changed my life and the lives of so many others for the better. I’ve never met someone more “yes, and” than Dr. Brown. You come to him with a dream, and he builds on that dream with ideas, possibilities, and resources which help bring it to life. MMC and its alumni couldn’t have had a more kind, generous, heroic leader than Dr. Brown. To say he will be missed is an understatement.

on me or any other student. He believed in our passions. After college, I stayed in touch with Dr. Brown as a reference in the job market. I made sure I spoke with him about my career whenever I happened to be visiting Pulaski. He is always a resource to people in general, student or not. The trust that was built through our relationship at Martin Methodist was something I will always cherish. I truly admire him.

S imone Coleman BS ‘11 With Dr. Brown, I felt like during college there was an open door policy. He was always there with open arms for a hug or words of advice if need be. Even if advice was not needed, I remember many times just going to say hi and to talk about life and our families. Though college can bring its struggles, I never saw Dr. Brown give up 27.


Yolandah C. Chinyani

Current Student Business Administration with Emphasis in Accounting The thought of travelling 9000 miles away from home to attend school was nerve-wracking, but I am glad that I was able to find a home away from home at Martin Methodist College. I am proud to call Martin Methodist a place where the most insecure souls are embraced with love, warmth and care, and this comforting and welcoming atmosphere is made possible by people like Dr. Brown, who are dedicated to their work and always try to help students make the best of themselves. My first encounter with Dr. Brown was on March 28, 2014 in Zimbabwe at Nyadire Mission where I was attending my high school. I quickly learned that Dr. Brown

was, and still is, an amazing, encouraging, and motivating human being, and he left a mark that inspired the students in my class. While he was in Zimbabwe, Dr. Brown awarded the top student of my class with a Thomas Martin Scholarship, and while I was not the best student at that moment, discovering that scholarship served as beneficial motivating factor for me. Dr. Brown is one of the greatest people I have ever met in my life. His willingness to travel halfway across the world to award someone he didn’t know with a scholarship made me realize that going to Martin Methodist and being a part of a group led by an awesome man could be a life-changing experience for me. From that day on, I was determined to be a part of the Martin Methodist College community, and I am proud to say that I am currently a Martin Methodist student. I can easily say that Dr. Brown’s influence brought me to where I am today. 28.

For the seventeen months that I have been here, Dr. Brown has encouraged me to be a part of several activities on campus. He has been a great leader, and he has always inspired me. His presence as a college president who humbly serves students breakfast the night before exams and who offers time to talk with students will be missed, but all of his achievements at Martin Methodist will forever be cherished. One of the greatest gifts Martin Methodist students have and take for granted is the honor of having one-on-one or group conversations with the president. From many conversations with him, I have learned a lot, and I have discovered many beneficial opportunities. He has done so much for this school, and I feel that he has more than earned this retirement. His presence will be missed, but his legacy and love for Martin Methodist will stay forever.


K en P ink ston

Chairman of the Board of Trustees 2007-11 Retired Chairman, Willis Corporation It was my privilege to have known and worked with Ted Brown during his tenure as president of Martin Methodist College. From the moment he came to the campus, he began the work that would comprise his legacy at MMC. Ted recognized the importance of all areas of campus life and worked very hard to move MMC to the top in each area. In my mind, Ted’s greatest contribution was working to afford an opportunity for an education to a wide variety of students, many of whom were first generation college students. Ted created an environment where students could flourish as they learned. He had a deep understanding of the problems and opportunities facing MMC, and he worked hard to minimize problems and maximize opportunities. Ted will be missed, and I wish Cheryl and him well in their retirement.

Real leadership is less about seeking applause and rewards and more about doing the best work you’ve ever done and having an impact you’ve never imagined. –Robin Sharma 29.


M asimba M utamba BA ‘06 Litigation Attorney Devore Law Group in West Palm Beach, FL

With Dr. Ted Brown at the helm, Martin Methodist always went the extra mile to make sure all students, including international students like me, felt like part of the family. Whether it was issues with class registration, housing, or taking a big step to apply for a scholarship that seemed like a long-shot, Dr. Brown went out of his way to be kind, approachable, and, above all, a great help to me. He helped me get where I am today.

Don’t wait for people to be kind; show them how. -Unknown

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F ran D out hitt

President, Shawn Promotions I have been acquainted with Ted for the past 19 years, over this period I have grown to appreciate everything that he has accomplished in order to advance the growth and best interests of Martin Methodist College. During this time we became friends with both Ted and Cheryl. We discovered that we all had common interests, including an affinity for contemporary jazz. As our

friendship grew, the four of us began to together to various places and venue—California, Arizona, Florida, and Georgia as well as other places. I can say that these trips have been some of the best times of our lives. Ted and Cheryl are both are so considerate when travelling and that makes every trip enjoyable. Ted was also helpful in getting me to become a member of the Rotary Club of Pulaski. He explained how valuable being a Rotary member would be for me in the community and in my career life. Ted has been a Rotary 31.

member for 29 years. He served 11 years in Rotary of Clinton, South Carolina, and received the Service Above Self Award in 1994. He served as President of the Pulaski Club in 2004 and received the Rotarian of the Year award in 2007. MMC, I know, will miss his talents and zest for the growth of our college. We all wish him the very best as he pursues the next goals in his life.


K ennet h F unger

MMC Board of Trustees Member & CEO of Mrs. Grissom’s Salads, Inc. I first met Ted Brown just after he became the new president of Martin Methodist College. I was working for my mother-inlaw’s company Mrs. Grissom’s Salads, Inc. in Nashville. Grace Grissom was an ardent supporter of Martin Methodist. She was a former trustee, and for a period of time, she was the chairperson of the board. She was a diminutive person, standing 4 ft. 11 inches, but she had eyes that would sear your brain and a sharp tongue to match. One of Ted’s early presidential tasks involved introducing himself to major supporters and members of the board. Because

my office was right across the hall from Grace’s, I was able to witness firsthand how Ted’s introductory meeting with Grace went. She launched into Ted and told him in no uncertain terms what she expected him to accomplish, and she insisted nothing short of success for Martin Methodist. The entire conversation was one-sided, with Ted’s only replies being “Yes, ma’am, yes, ma’am. I totally understand. Yes, ma’am.” Ted and Grace had a wonderful working relationship for the remaining fifteen years of her life, and I truly believe that Martin Methodist would not have shaped into the institution it is today without the lifelong friendship of a rigorous woman with firm expectations of the new president and a determined leader with big visions for the college.

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it. –Andrew Carnegie

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Nim Chinniah AA ‘87 Executive Vice President Northwestern University

“Without a sense of Purpose, you are merely adrift on the sea of life and vulnerable to all that comes before you. It is the strong sense of purpose that lets leaders stand tall even when the entire world turns against them.”

H ouston P ark s Trustee Attorney at Law Parks Snyder, PLLC

From a board member’s perspective, I have found Ted Brown to be a man of vision, drive, and accomplishment. He will be long remembered and appreciated for the tremendously positive mark he has made in the history of Martin Methodist College.

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The Honorable John Damron AA ‘86

During conversations with Dr. Brown about MMC, I never heard him say he accomplished anything. Rather he would talk about the accomplishments of MMC. It was apparent he was proud to be part of the MMC family but he was not interested in taking credit as an individual. He wanted the successes of others recognized while minimizing his own, making him a quintessential team player and leader. The goals achieved by MMC and the positive impact on the surrounding community are due largely to the leadership and efforts of Dr. Brown and his wife, Cheryl. This is and will always be a significant part of the history of MMC and Pulaski.


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D r. S tanton Belford BS ‘00

In the 34 years that I served as a Chief Academic Officer, I worked under six different college presidents at three different institutions, and I truly think Ted Brown was the best president that I worked with. He pushed me to do my best, was supportive of my efforts, was easy to talk with about sensitive or difficult issues, and he was always just an all-around nice guy. He truly wanted the best for Martin Methodist and worked hard to help it grow and develop. His involvement with church and other professional organizations was also important in developing and promoting the image of Martin Methodist that I think many on campus have been largely unaware of. While I can’t say that I liked or respected some of the presidents I worked for over the years, I can honestly say that I’ve always had the utmost respect and admiration for Ted Brown. He was not only my boss, but my friend.

One word that I think of instantly when asked about Dr. Brown is encouraging. Dr. Brown was very influential in supporting my graduate school endeavors. As a faculty member at Martin Methodist, I was concerned that I might not be able to find a balance between my work for the school and my grad school work because I was commuting back and forth to MTSU. I wanted to succeed in both, but I was worried that if I prioritized one, the other would fall. When expressing my concerns about this to Dr. Brown, he confidently told me not to worry about it and to focus on grad school. He told me that he would continue to support my pursuit of a Master’s Degree while working at Martin Methodist.

Retired Vice President of Academic Affairs

Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Brown encouraged me to put my grad school work first for he knew how much it meant to me. Because of his firm support and encouragement to succeed, I was able to achieve my Master’s with ease. He cares for his faculty and students and encourages everyone to go for their dreams. He supported my dream of getting my Master’s, and he went on to support my dream of travelling with students to Trinidad to assist with research on coral reefs. Dr. Brown cares. He wants everyone to have the opportunity to better themselves, 34.

and he encourages his faculty and students to work towards their dreams.

B obby W alker MMC Trustee Founder and President, Walker Die Casting, Inc.

Ted Brown is one of the best presidents Martin Methodist College has ever had. He made good things happen.

One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. –Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


D avid A lford AA ‘85

Theatre Ar tist, Actor on T V’s NASHVILLE My father, Ben Alford, was a huge Ted Brown fan. I distinctly remember how excited he was when Dr. Brown came to Martin to begin his tenure at the school. “This new President we’ve got is really something else,” I remember him saying. “I think he’s going to do great things for the college.” That proved to be the case.

arship. Martin Methodist was incredibly important to Dad, and to have his name attached to the school in this particular way moved him deeply. Our family will always be grateful to Ted Brown for that. And I’m personally grateful to him for bringing me

The high regard Dad held for Br. Brown was mutual. They worked closely together on a number of projects, including the one I think Dad felt proudest of, establishing the Center for Church Leadership with Cal Turner. Along they way, Dad and Dr. Brown became good friends. They trusted each other. They were close enough, in fact, that Dr. Brown was one of the three people Dad asked to speak at his funeral. I’ll always remember his remarks that day. Later, after Dr. Brown brought me to Martin to create a new Drama Program, we often talked about how each of us missed Dad’s guidance, and how we wished he were still around, particularly in difficult moments of decision. We both felt the loss. And still do. Dr. Brown’s greatest gift to Dad was his leadership in creating the Ben Alford Schol35.

to Martin, for his passion for theatre and the arts, and for his long service and dedication to the institution my father so deeply loved.


B ill R ut her ford AA ‘66

Professor Emeritus of Histor y Ted Brown gave Martin Methodist College the very best he had to offer for almost two decades, and the progress the college has made under his tutelage has been staggering! The colonial Deist believed that God made the universe and all that comes with it and then turned over the management of the universe to humanity—like a pocket watch. In many ways, the Deist story becomes MMC’s story now. As president, Ted guided us and put us on a much better path than before. It is up to us at this point to continue the path of progress for future generations to enjoy. Thank you, Ted, for your expert guidance and vision over the years. Because your leadership promulgated the solid foundation on which the college now rests, MMC’s best days are yet to come. Beth and I are proud to count you and Cheryl as our friends, and we want to wish you the very best in the years to come.

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D eWitt B oot h AA ‘77

Banker Bank of Frankewing, Pulaski I remember meeting Dr. Ted Brown in 1998, and I was impressed with his ability to make me comfortable during my first encounter. He was grounded and humble, never needing to be addressed as Dr. Brown. He had just arrived in Pulaski and been given the daunting task of new college President, which meant meeting the people of his new community and the far reaching “Martin Methodist College Family”. He did a great job of surrounding himself with quality people for his leadership team, and Ted had the ability to cultivate their strengths. Two members of his team come to mind specifically: Robbie Shelton and Grant VosBurgh. Ted is a visionary as evidenced by both the Martin 2010 Plan and the Martin 2020 Plan, and he was dedicated to making MMC not just an asset in Pulaski but an integral part of Giles County. I wish Ted and Cheryl the best as they begin the next chapter in their lives.

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