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Trevor Brown to lead Ohio State’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs
Brown joined Ohio State faculty in 2001
Trevor L. Brown has been named director of The Ohio State University’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, his appointment is effective March 1.
Brown joined Ohio State’s faculty as assistant professor in the former School of Public Policy and Management (PPM) in 2001. PPM merged with the John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy in 2006. An award-winning teacher and accomplished researcher, Brown has served as associate professor since 2007 and as the associate director of academic affairs and research of the Glenn School since 2008.
Brown has served as interim director of the Glenn School since July 1, 2013. He replaces former and founding director Charles Wise, who returned to the faculty on June 20, 2013.
Ohio State Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Steinmetz said Brown is the right individual to lead the Glenn School. “Trevor has served the school and the university very well during the transition and I am confident that the Glenn School will continue making great strides under his leadership. I look forward to continuing to work with him in his new, permanent role.”
He has taught students on all levels, in courses ranging from introductory public affairs to doctoral seminars, and has been honored as the John Glenn School of Public Affairs Outstanding Teacher of the Year four times.
"I’m thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the Glenn School and the university,” said Brown. “The school’s faculty, staff, students and alums have accomplished a lot in a short time. I’m looking forward to continuing the school’s upward trajectory.”
His research focuses on public management and organizational theory, contracting and contract management, and strategic management and performance measurement. His work has been widely published. In 2013, he co-authored Complex Contracting: Government Contracting in the Wake of the US Coast Guard’s Deepwater Program, published by Cambridge University Press.
Brown currently serves as associate project executive for the Parliamentary Development Project, a U.S. Agency for International Development funded organization that provides technical assistance to the Ukrainian parliament. He previously served as the U.S. project manager.
Among his grants and fellowships, he served as principal investigator for the Department of the Navy’s Naval Postgraduate School Research Grant and the IBM Business of Government Research Award. In addition, the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing named him Scholar of the Year in 2013.
Brown earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy at Stanford University and doctorate in public policy and political science at Indiana University.