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Brandon Pendarvis Brown is a proven leader in government relations who has experience in higher education management and human resources Consulting. He is also skilled in Communications & Marketing Strategies. Brown has been apart of the national conversation on many issues that have shaped public policy. His experience with national, state wide and local organizations give him a unique understanding of the challenges we face as a nation. Issues of diversity, education, of a changing global economy, foreign policy and building a new technologically advanced military continue to present challenges. These are issues that the United States must address to ensure our national and international sovereignty. Brandon's education and life experiences prepared him to be a leader in creating a dialogue between stakeholders and individuals who influence decisions that effect our children's future.
Brandon worked at Jackson State University, the fourth largest HBCU in the U.S. During his time at JSU, he was the Associate Vice-President of Institutional Advancement and helped to increase the University’s endowment by adding more than $18 Million Dollars to the JSU Foundations.
Brown is the former Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Paine College where he graduated in 2000 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in History. He would later go on to earn a Master’s degree in Human Resources Development from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Brandon holds a Certificate in Education Management from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He has also studied at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
A native of Greenville, South Carolina, he founded the Historical Black College and University Sports Classic which has contributed more than $200,000 to institutions across the Southeast. The Sports Classic was designed to empower Upstate South Carolina students and help them realize educational opportunities at post-secondary institutions. Committed to higher education, he joined the staff of Paine College in 2008 to lead his Alma Master’s fundraising and development unit. Under his leadership, in 2009, the College increased its annual contributions and his fundraising unit raised over $5 Million Dollars. Brown was in charge of raising over $4 Million Dollars for the institution’s Health Education Activities Learning Complex, better known as the HEAL Complex. He was responsible for increasing scholarships for deserving students. Brown carved a niche in the political arena when in 2006, he served as State Deputy Political Director for Senator Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. In 2004, Brown became the first African American to run for a seat in the United States Congress from South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District. After winning the primary, Brandon lost the general election but garnered more than 77,000 votes.
He also served as Executive Director of the Allen Temple Community Development Center and co-founded the Upstate Black Family Reunion, who's focus was to promote community unity. Brown is active in a variety of civic and social organizations in both Georgia and South Carolina. As an organizing member of the Greenville Tech Multi-cultural Advisory Board, he was instrumental in helping to heal the Greenville community during racial unrest after one of the officials of Greenville Technical College referred to the Katrina evacuees as yard apes. Brown along with Former CNN Anchor Soledad O’Brien and other distinguished individuals received the National Legacy Award for outstanding service to higher education during a UNCF Leadership Conference in 2013. On August 29th 2008, Brown was honored by the South Carolina State Senate and House for his service to the community. The South Carolina General Assembly recognized him with a Concurrent Resolution for his achievements. This is one of the highest honors a person can receive in the State of South Carolina and is written into the States Journal and General Assembly’s history.
Brandon is married to Kimberely (Scott) Brown.
Training in Fund Raising Management
is a nationally and internationally recognized credential. Brandon started the process of learning what others already know about the program. It develops Individuals and helps them understand the best practices and trends in principles and techniques in fund raising management.
The Institute for Educational Management is an intensive program that provides participants the opportunity to improve leadership skills, renew their commitment to higher education and develop tangible strategies for long-term institutional success.
Masters Degree in Human Resource Development