Timothy Brown Bio -- December 2020

Over a career of thirty-five years working in public and private university settings, government, and the NGO sector Tim advanced higher education on a global scale. After graduating in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree at the State University of New York’s Empire State College, Tim earned a master’s degree in International Relations at The American University where he wrote a master’s thesis “Canadian Cultural Nationalism: A Historical Study of Economic and Political Protectionism” while on a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Washington DC.

After working for several years in Washington Tim pursued doctoral studies in higher education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. His dissertation “Initiating Professional Education in International Affairs: The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 1923-1943” supervised by professors Nathan Glazer, Arthur Levine and Paul Ylvisaker explored the origins of professional education in international diplomacy in the period between the World Wars. 

In 1991 Tim was appointed by President Humphrey Tonkin (Harvard PhD’66) to serve as special assistant to the president at the University of Hartford where he expanded the university’s international profile through student and faculty exchange programs with universities in the Middle East and East Asia while teaching undergraduate courses in American Studies. 

Since 2009 Tim has worked at Harvard representing the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences serving as Managing Director, Asia in the office of Alumni Affairs and Development.  In this role Tim made some sixty-five trips to the Asia-Pacific region and was responsible for nurturing relationships on behalf of the Faculty among alumni communities from Seoul to Singapore.  

At Harvard Tim volunteers as a member of the Board of First Year Advisors (BFA) serving as academic advisor to select first year students.  He is affiliated with the Senior Common Room (SCR) at Kirkland House, one of twelve undergraduate residences.  The SCR hosts a variety of programs and offers opportunities to engage with the House student community.  Beyond the BFA and Kirkland House, starting in the 2015-2016 season Tim joined Professor Bill Alford, the Jerome A. and Joan L. Cohen Professor of Law, as a Faculty Fellow the varsity men’s ice hockey team offering individual advice, mentoring and academic support to the team.  Together they develop programs designed to integrate student athletes with the intellectually diverse college community and the world of service beyond campus.

Tim and his wife Margaret McCarthy reside in Somerville Massachusetts, within walking distance to Harvard Square.  Their twins Oliver and Emma are currently undergraduate students at Wheaton College in Norton MA and Bennington College in VT.  In the era of COVID-19 Tim and his family spend as much time as possible quarantining in isolation at their camp on the shores of Pemaquid Pond on Maine’s mid-coast.