When LVC trustee Terence “Terry” Brown ’78 graduated from
Lebanon Valley, the technology sector of the U.S. economy was
largely unknown. And truth be told, it wasn’t his first career choice. A
heavily recruited high school football standout from the Washington,
D.C., area with a professional career in his sights, Brown found
himself in the spring of his senior year suddenly without college
scholarship prospects when a patellar tendon injury sidelined him
during his final high school track meet—the state championships.
“But my assistant track coach was good friends with [the late vice
president of admissions emeritus] Gregory Stanson ’63, and that
got the ball rolling at Lebanon Valley,” Brown says. “And from the day
this city boy took a step onto the campus, it was a done deal.”
At the Valley, Brown continued to excel in football and track &
field—he was inducted into the LVC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996—
while pledging Phi Lambda Sigma and studying political science.
“At Lebanon Valley, my professors and classmates pressed
each other—we challenged each other,” Brown says. “That liberal
arts approach taught us how to think on our feet, how to become
critical thinkers, how to solve problems. It prepared us for a wide
variety of fields.”
After graduation, Brown still had his heart set on the gridiron.
“I had a brief stint trying out for the Dallas Cowboys and the
Philadelphia Eagles, but I didn’t make either roster,” he says.
Ultimately, he took a position in sales at Xerox Corporation and
discovered that he was well suited to the work and enjoyed it.
“I found that I was very well prepared and motivated—I was also
smart enough to follow the trends,” he says. “I started in copier
duplicators, then moved on to computer hardware and ultimately to
software sales.” After Xerox, Brown progressed through leadership
and management positions with Eastman Kodak Company, Unisys
Corporation, and Oracle Corporation.
In 2007, Brown co-founded Brown Technology Group LLC,
which specializes in enterprise resource planning applications
implementation, database management and optimization, data
migration, learning systems, and information security. As company
president, Brown shares executive responsibilities with his brother
and co-founder James “J.B.” Brown and Chief Executive Officer
Reggie Brown, who is no relation. The group serves customers in
federal, state, and local government, as well as the health care and
commercial sectors, and recently moved its offices to Rockville,
Md., from Chantilly, Va.
Three decades into his career, Brown is still excited to be in the
technology field. “I love what I’m doing right now. It’s a wide open
field, constantly changing,” he says. “And the young folks that we
hire continually keep me on my toes. I love that I get to go out and
hire the brightest and the best, and I will say I’m partial to liberal
arts graduates. I know they can think on their feet.”
Brown joined the LVC Board of Trustees in 2011 and is chair of
the board’s Marketing and Enrollment Committee. He values his
ongoing relationship with the Valley. “I enjoy giving back,” he says.
“I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Lebanon
Valley College, so it’s a pleasure to be able to give back with my
time and financial resources.”