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OSAP Director Courtney Brown announces retirement

This fall, longtime LBJ School staff member Courtney Brown (M.P.Aff. 1983) announced her retirement effective January 31. Brown, who has been with the Office of Student and Alumni Programs (OSAP) since January 1987, has headed that unit since March 1998.

LBJ School Professor Ken Apfel (M.P.Aff. 1978), who chairs the School’s Admissions Committee, said Brown would be missed because students, staff and faculty have turned to her for solutions to problems for years.

“No matter how complicated or frustrating the situation, we'd be met in her office with good judgment and a supportive word of encouragement,” he said. “This is a big loss to the School, and we'll all miss her.”

Over the years, different members of the LBJ School and university community have honored Brown for outstanding job performance. In 1990, Dean Max Sherman presented her with the LBJ Foundation Excellence Award, and that same year the graduating class presented her with its Purple Heart Award for “performance above and beyond the call of duty.” In 1993, a student committee composed of representatives from across the university community selected her to receive the Ex-Students’ Association’s James W. Vick Texas Excellence Award for Academic Advisers. In 1995, she was the recipient of the LBJ Appreciation Award, which recognizes staff members whose initiative, reliability and attitude make life easier for others in the School.

"Courtney has been our institutional memory when it comes to alumni,” said Associate Dean Leigh Boske. “More than any other person, she knows their whereabouts, with whom they are employed, their worldwide excursions, their plans for marriage, what's happening to their children, and just about any other newsworthy event."

Following her graduation from the LBJ School in 1983, Brown moved to New York, where she served first as executive director of the Schenectady County Unit of the American Cancer Society and then as assistant dean of admissions at Union College, also in Schenectady. Following a move back to Austin in 1985, Brown worked as a consultant with Ray Associates and as executive secretary for the American Association of University Professors.

After being a part of the annual recruitment-to admissions-to graduation cycle for almost 20 years, Brown says she’s ready for a change, although she does not have concrete plans yet. A watercolor enthusiast, Brown said she hopes to investigate the marketing of her own line of watercolor greeting cards, volunteer at St. David's Hospital and perhaps sign up for hospice training. Closer to home, she plans to be involved in “grandchildren-spoiling and novice-level gardening.”

“It's hard to articulate parting words,” Brown said. “In many ways, I believe I've enjoyed the very best job in the School and likely the university. That's because of the clients. The kinds of students who come here for master's degrees are unfailingly other-directed, sincere and talented people who seek to serve. It just doesn't get better than that for an everyday experience over 19 years.”

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19 December 2005

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