My name is Leslie Brown and I love to learn and to assist others. I am a 17-year veteran in higher education in which I have been a tutor, a professor, an academic support specialist, a consultant, a communications specialist, and a research assistant. Those varied experiences fuel my passion for helping students, particularly those from marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds.
In my previous career, I worked as a journalist before leaving that profession to pursue a Master’s in English and African American Literature and to begin teaching. I have since earned a doctorate in higher education administration. I have worked for UNC since August 2015.
When I am not working, I enjoy working out, playing baseball, reading, and spending time with my family.
How do you identify yourself?
I identify first and foremost as a Black man. That is what others immediately notice when they see me. Although I am straight, I do not use my sexual orientation as a way of defining me. It is part of my identity, but I do not see it as important. Instead, I focus on my education and intelligence (I see myself as smart and thoughtful) and my demeanor (I am naturally quiet but I have a sense of humor). I am a good listener while also being honest, pragmatic, and perceptive.
List three things that people would be most surprised to learn about you.
- I play the saxophone (or used to).
- I have four kids, two of whom are college graduates.
- I love to cook.
Whom do you admire and why?
My late great-grandmother, Mildred Blount. She instilled in me a love for reading and for education.