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Captains Spotlight: Jerry Brown

  Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A four-year member of the Captains football team from Emporia, Jerry Brown (’15) attended Greensville County High School where he played his sport of choice. Named team MVP his senior year there, he graduated salutatorian of his class.

Christopher Newport provided Brown with exceptional opportunities to develop effective leadership skills. This past year he served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a group he joined as a freshman. “SAAC serves as a liaison between the student-athletes and the athletic and academic administrations,” he says. During his time in the group, SAAC successfully implemented a way to recognize student-athletes with commencement sashes – something similar to other campus groups, and a way to recognize student achievement, both in the classroom and on the field of play.

SAAC also promotes mutual support across all sports, encouraging athletes to attend the home games and matches of their fellow Captains. Brown explains, “It’s hard to get the community and the rest of campus out to the games when they ask if you’re attending and you’re in your room playing video games.”

A cellular, molecular and physiological biology major,

Brown participated in the President’s Leadership Program, minoring in leadership studies. Initially he aspired to become an athletic trainer but through time developed another sports-related passion. “I actually want to go into athletic administration now,” he says. “Ideally I’d like to be a college athletic director in the future.”

While some may call his academic track and vocational choice an unlikely combination, Brown feels prepared to pursue his goals. “A biology degree is a lot more universal than people think,” he explains, adding that the University’s liberal arts and sciences background positioned him for success. “That’s the beauty of CNU,” he says. “I’ve had the privilege of having a lot of good professors.”

Before embarking on this path, however, Brown will remain at CNU for a year as a University Fellow in the Office of Admission – a department with which he is familiar. He served as an admission student ambassador for three years, introducing prospective students and their families to the University. And while he provided an important service to the countless people he met, they equally influenced him.

“I didn’t realize how much those people would impact me,” he says, explaining how he was reminded – through their eyes – of many traits that make CNU special: students talking as they walk across campus, holding doors for one another and interacting with professors outside of class. He notes, “It’s magical to see that passed on to other people.”

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