About President Brown
Asbury University President Kevin J. Brown holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies (University of Glasgow, Scotland, 2012), an M.Litt. in Bible and the Contemporary World (University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 2009) and an MBA (University of Indianapolis, 2002). His research interests include markets, morals and faith, economics and urban housing, research methods, design and statistics and political philosophy.
Before assuming the presidency of Asbury University, Brown served as a professor and associate dean in Asbury’s Dayton School of Business (2013-2019). Brown previously served as assistant professor of Finance and Economics at Anderson University, receiving a Faculty of the Year award and serving on multiple university-wide committees.
During his time as a professor at Asbury, Brown quickly earned recognition for excellence in the classroom, with awards including the Frances White Ewbank Excellence in Teaching Award (given to one faculty member per year) and an award presented by Asbury Student Congress for “Outstanding Service to Asbury Students.” Additionally, Brown assumed leadership roles, serving on panels, task forces and committees to articulate and advance the mission of Asbury University.
Inheriting a long institutional legacy of academic excellence and spiritual vitality, Brown is well-positioned to build on Asbury’s historic strengths while seeking out new opportunities. Brown is committed equally to the timeless values of the liberal arts, the here-and-now business realities of higher education and Asbury’s foundational identity as a Christian university in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.
“I am fully confident in God’s leading and that He has equipped Dr. Brown for this new role of service,” said Brown’s predecessor, former Asbury University President Sandra C. Gray. “He has long been an important voice on our campus. He articulates the Asbury University mission, vision and Wesleyan-Holiness commitment with great conviction and passion. Dr. Brown is already a trusted mentor and role model on our campus. I look forward to seeing how God uses him to advance the mission of Asbury University for coming generations.”
Looking to the future, Brown is full of ideas to strengthen academic programs, pursue innovation and enhance Asbury’s identity as a Wesleyan-Holiness institution. For now, though, he’s simply grateful for God’s leading, for the full support of the Asbury University community and for the outstanding foundation he inherits. Now in its 130th year, Asbury University is a testament to God’s continuing faithfulness. In Him, greater things are still to come.
“Asbury’s history speaks to the story of God’s transformative presence,” Brown said. “In addition to achieving academic excellence in a Christian Liberal Arts University, and while adhering to and celebrating our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage, we will continue to rely upon God’s faithful presence amidst today’s dynamic marketplace.”
Maria Brown holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Currently working as Asbury’s Intercultural Affairs coordinator, she previously spent 12 years as a stay-at-home mom. In addition to her work at Asbury, she is on the board of Giving Back to Africa, a nonprofit serving children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country in which the family adopted son Oliver in 2012. She also volunteers regularly with Friendship International and Kentucky Refugee Ministries.
The Browns have three children: Cambel (14), Ada (11) and Oliver (7), and they are active at First Alliance Church in Lexington, Ky. As a family, the Browns enjoy camping, frequenting Asbury events and hanging out with their adorable Cockapoo, Mickey. President Brown is especially thankful to his family for all the support they’ve lent him in his new role.
“We’re a tight-knit, close family,” Brown said. “We deliberately make time with each other. We frequent all types of Asbury events together and campus feels like a second home to our children. It’s a familiar place that they love, and they usually end up leaving with Ale-8 somehow.”