Office of the President

Arcadia Welcomes President-elect Dr. Ajay Nair on April 2, 2018

After a national search, Arcadia University is proud to announce that Ajay Nair, Ph.D., has been named the institution’s 22nd president. A nationally recognized expert in student affairs issues and an accomplished social justice, race, and ethnicity scholar, Dr. Nair assumes his role at Arcadia on April 2, 2018.  

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Interim President Hank Brown

Interim President, Arcadia University
Effective July 1, 2017

The Board of Trustees at Arcadia University has appointed George Hanks “Hank” Brown, former president of the University of Colorado and U.S. Senator, as interim president. Brown will lead Arcadia while the University continues the national search for our next president.

Since leaving the Senate in 1996, Brown has served as president of the University of Northern Colorado (1998-2002), president of the University of Colorado (2005-2008), and president of the Daniels Fund (2002-2005). The 21st President Emeritus of the University of Colorado, Brown’s tenure was marked by record growth in enrollment, donations, diversity, and the largest increase in state funding in the University’s history. His leadership was instrumental in increasing the University’s federal research funding to $640 million and reforming its governance process.

In Brown’s four years as president of the University of Northern Colorado, the institution doubled its endowment and set records in enrollment. He streamlined the organizational structure by reducing administrative overhead by $7 million dollars a year and shifted the savings to educational instruction. At the Daniels Fund, Brown is credited with reducing the organization’s overhead by 35 percent and shifting $2 million per year to increase grants and scholarships.

Brown is Senior Counsel in Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Denver office and a member of the Government Relations and Natural Resources groups. He serves on the Board of Directors of Sensient Technologies Corporation, a leading provider of flavors, colors, and fragrances, and the Daniels Fund, a $1.3 billion foundation. 

After representing Colorado as a six-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Brown was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he was Chair of the Middle East Subcommittee and Chair of the Constitutional Law Subcommittee. He was the prime sponsor of Colorado's only wild and scenic river designation and the historic water conservation area. Brown also successfully authored legislation to allow Central Europe to join NATO, establish the first formal accounting system for the federal government, and expand Colorado's Wilderness Areas.

Brown earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in law from George Washington University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law. He volunteered for the U.S. Navy after earning his bachelor's degree and won his wings as a Naval Aviator. He volunteered to serve in Vietnam and was decorated for combat service as a forward air controller. 

In 1988, Brown passed the exam to become a Certified Public Accountant. He also taught evening classes at both American University and Georgetown University while serving in Congress.