A Fond Farewell
By Jessica Romrell
Outgoing dean Rodney J. Brown was raised on a dairy farm in Coalville, Utah.
He received a B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition in 1972 from Brigham Young
University, an M.S. in Nutrition and Food Sciences from Utah State University in
1973, and a Ph.D. in Food Science from North Carolina State University in 1977.
He spent two years as a research scientist in the Department of Biophysics at
Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He returned to Utah State University in
1979 as a faculty member. He served as department head, dean, and interim vice
president for research at Utah State.
After 21 years at Utah State, Dr. Brown moved to Washington, DC, where he
served as Deputy Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics in
the United States Department of Agriculture. In July of 2005, Dr. Brown was
named Dean of the College of Biology and Agriculture (now the College of Life
Sciences) at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Dr. Brown and his wife, Sandra, have three children and 12 grandchildren. Dr.
Brown retired in June 2015 after serving as dean for 10 years.