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PCC's Brown not a finalist for Arkansas college job

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland Community College President Jeremy Brown was not one of the four finalists selected this week by an Arkansas community college. Brown's name surfaced as one of 54 candidates for the college's chancellor position.Portland Community College’s Jeremy Brown is not one of the finalists for the chancellor’s job at Arkansas State University Mid-South campus.

Arkansas State University System officials said the list of more than five dozen hopefuls for the job was whittled to four finalists on Tuesday, May 5. The university hopes to hire a new chancellor by July 1.

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported April 20 that Brown was among 54 candidates for the chancellor’s job in West Memphis. The newspaper sought the candidates’ names in a public records request.

News reports about Brown’s application for the job may have prompted two executive sessions (closed to the public) by the PCC board of directors on April 24 and again April 29. The board’s closed meetings focused on talks with the college’s attorneys.

PCC officials have not discussed Brown’s position or his future with the school.

Brown became PCC’s sixth president on July 1, 2013. Before that, Brown was president of Dowling College on Long Island and of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.