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Executive Vice Chancellor

Kennard Brown, JD, PhD, MPA, FACHE, serves as the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), with the responsibility of coordinating the day-to-day administrative operations and the effective management of the campus central administration.

Dr. Brown has been with the Health Science Center for more than 20 years, and his vision for campus improvement has spanned his service at UTHSC. He has led the development and evolution of the Campus Master Plan that is changing the face of the Memphis campus with ongoing construction and improvements approaching $400 million over time. Among projects he has helmed on campus are the $49 million Translational Science Research Building, which expanded state-of-the-art research space; the $39.7 million Center for Health Care Improvement and Patient Simulation, which allows students to train in simulation environments to deliver team-based health care; and the $20 million Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Solutions, which expanded UTHSC’s manufacturing capabilities in the global pharmaceutical marketplace.

The most recent project, the $70 million renovation of the Historic Quadrangle has brought students, faculty, and staff back to the original center of the campus for the first time in decades.
The restoration included reopening the old Mooney Library Building as office and conference space, the Nash and Nash Annex Buildings as research space, and the Crowe Building as the first home for the UTHSC College of Nursing. Currently, under construction is the new Delta Dental of Tennessee Building, offering much-needed additional space for the College of Dentistry, and included in his vision is a new home for the College of Medicine.

In addition, Dr. Brown manages the Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Solutions and the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center. He has led numerous other projects of grand scale at UTHSC, including a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center in the General Education Building, as well as security improvements on campus, that have resulted in UTHSC being named among the Safest Colleges in America.

Dr. Brown has been a leader in the Memphis community, serving as chairman of the board of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative. He has advocated for bringing business, residential, and cultural amenities to the district.

Dr. Brown began working at UTHSC in the Office of the General Counsel. He has served as the Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Office of Employee Relations, and the Center on Health Disparities.

Dr. Brown earned his Juris Doctorate from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and his master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Memphis, and is a member in Phi Kappa Phi, a collegiate honor society. He completed his PhD in Health Science Administration from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Brown is also recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. This title is considered the premier credential in the field of health care management.

Dr. Brown has been the recipient of numerous faculty, student, community, and civic awards, including a 2017 Health Care Hero Award for Administrative Excellence from the Memphis Business Journal, and the 2018 Visionary Leadership Award from the Common Table Health Alliance.

Executive Vice Chancellor Kennard Brown

May 26, 2022