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R-MC Names New Executive Director of The Edge

Aug 22, 2017

9/12/17

J. Dontrese BrownRandolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren is pleased to announce that J. Dontrese Brown has been named the college's new executive director of The Edge program. The Edge integrates R-MC's liberal arts education with an intentional focus on the skills and opportunities students need to gain a competitive advantage in their careers or when applying for graduate school.

As executive director of The Edge, Brown will lead R-MC's efforts to provide a four-year, comprehensive personalized career program for students. The Edge also incorporates the college's pre-professional programs and Bassett Internship program and builds on its engaged alumni and business leader network.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dontrese to the Randolph-Macon College community," says Lindgren. "Our students will reap the benefits of his creative expertise and his leadership skills, and his forward-thinking will complement our already robust Edge program."

Grant Azdell, vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students, says that Brown will be a vital addition to the campus community.

"The Edge program is an integral part of the R-MC experience, and Dontrese's enthusiasm and acumen will strengthen this important student resource," says Azdell. "Our faculty and curriculum challenge students; our Edge program turns skills into action. With an extraordinary education and the help of faculty advisors, coaches, and alumni, preparation for success begins the moment our students set foot on campus. And the Yellow Jacket connection continues long after graduation: Alumni serve as mentors, and faculty continue to encourage and inspire. These partnerships last a lifetime."

Brown, whose position at R-MC begins on September 18, says, "I'm excited to join the Randolph-Macon family. I look forward to helping nurture and inspire students to become creative thinkers, effective transformational leaders and great members of society. The Edge is a tremendous program—one that helps students find their purpose, create lasting networks, and reach their personal and career potential."

J. Dontrese Brown
Brown earned his B.F.A. in graphic design from Georgetown College and his M.A. in graphic design from Morehead State University.

Throughout his career, Brown has led various teams from a creative and development perspective, and he is passionate about brand design, creative strategy and teamwork. He previously served as director of Brand Creative for Capital One Bank; and as creative director for Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc. Prior to that, Brown served as creative director at SCHAWK!, a global brand production company; and as art director for TJX Companies. From 1999-2005, Brown served as a professor of graphic design at Georgetown College.

A sought-after speaker on topics of design and leadership, Brown also serves as chair of the Cristo Rey Richmond High School project.