Meet Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown headshotJerry Brown
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Radford University (VA)

What drew you to the world of college admission?
When I was an undergrad at Christopher Newport University (VA) I became a tour guide and really enjoyed helping students and families through that portion of the college search process. I eventually became a manager in the office and worked specifically with large groups and organizations that wished to tour campus. After graduation I worked as a university fellow in the office and after traveling and reading applications for a season, I was hooked.

What is your favorite part of the job?
I absolutely love meeting students and stewarding them through the entire college search process. I was a first-generation student so I really connect with those families who may feel slightly overwhelmed by the college search process because it is their first experience with it. I enjoy seeing the excitement on their faces when they have concluded the college search and decided where to attend, and then seeing it full circle when they move in with bright smiling faces.

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
NACAC has provided great connections with colleagues on both sides of the desk in our profession. This past summer I had the great chance to attend NACAC’s Guiding the Way to Inclusion program (GWI), I had a great time connecting with new friends in the field and returned rejuvenated to take on this travel season.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
I think the biggest challenge is explaining the value of attending college and the growth that occurs over that period of time for students academically and personally. Students in Gen Z are very economically savvy and are much more familiar with finding that right fit for them.

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I am a true “outdoorsy” person. I love to be outside whether it’s walking my dog Jax, fishing, attending football or baseball games, or just reading a good book.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be and why?
I would love to be Black Panther. Being the leader of Wakanda seems like a good gig. #WakandaForever.

Describe yourself in five words.
Honest, trustworthy, competitive, hardworking, and reliable.

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