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Still Thinking on His Feet: Terence “Terry” Brown ’78
06.26.14 |

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.”

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