Dr. Perry Kay Haley Brown Appointed Dean of the Irvin School of Education


Dr. Perry Kay Haley Brown has been appointed as Dean of the Irvin School of Education, following an eight-month period serving as interim dean at the school.

“I am pleased to announce that Dr. Perry Kay Haley Brown has been appointed the Dean of the Irvin School of Education effective immediately,” said Dr. Thomas Brisco, Provost and Chief Academic Officer. “Dr. Brown brings a wealth of administrative and teaching experience, having served as Dean of the Education School at McMurry University for 15 years. Dr. Brown is known throughout the state of Texas and beyond for her deep commitment to and knowledge of preparing teachers. She has served as a professional consultant for numerous educational entities and served two terms as President of the Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities.”

Brown earned a Doctor of Education degree in Multicultural Curriculum and Instruction and Early Childhood from Arizona State University, a Master of Education from Sul Ross, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Sul Ross. In addition, she holds several certificates in higher education including Mediation Training, Advanced Mediation, Early Childhood Education and ESL. She has a special interest and expertise in multicultural and bilingual education.

Published extensively in peer-reviewed settings in the field of education, Brown has served on a number of national, state, and local boards, including the Abilene Education Foundation, the ESL Intervention Team of the Abilene Independent School District, the Cisco College Early Childhood Advisory Board, the State Board of Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education, and the Education Deans of Independent Colleges and Universities in Texas.

Brown said she was pleased and excited about the appointment.  

“Over the past eight months, I have been engaged with the outstanding faculty members in the Irvin School of Education,” she said. “As we move toward the celebration of 125 years that HSU has been in existence, I look forward to the potential opportunities for new programming at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Hardin-Simmons University is recognized for innovative programs and academic excellence. My goal is to continue to encourage and develop students who seek lives of service through scholarly endeavors, spiritual growth, and contributions to their communities.  It is an honor to serve as the Dean of the Irvin School of Education.”   

HSU President Dr. Lanny Hall said Brown will bring a wealth of experience to her new role.

“Dr. Haley Brown is a seasoned academic administrator. The depth and breadth of her experience will serve the Irvin School of Education well,” said Hall. “She is an exemplary role model for for our undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Education. We are, indeed, fortunate to have her at HSU.”



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