Senator Balderson presents Dr. Paul Brown, accompanied by his wife Linda, with a resolution recognizing his service as the fifth president of Zane State College.

State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) joined his colleagues today in honoring Dr. Paul Brown for his service as president of Zane State Community College. Brown will retire on June 30 after leading the college for more than 11 years.

"Dr. Brown has been an exemplary leader for Zane State, as evidenced by the school's unprecedented growth during his tenure as president," said Balderson. "During my time in the legislature, I have valued the friendship of Dr. Brown and admired his dedication to higher education. He has championed efforts to position Zane State as a workforce and economic development centerpiece for the region."

Since Brown became Zane State's fifth president in January 2004, enrollment has increased 100 percent and student retention after the first year of coursework has reached an impressive 90 percent. The college has also achieved 98 percent job placement for its students within six months of graduation. 

Zane State raised a record $30 million for scholarships, academic programs and capital projects under Brown's leadership. These funds have allowed the college to improve its overall academic experience without adding additional costs for students. 

Brown has overseen several major facility upgrades during his tenure, including the construction of two state-of-the-art learning centers.

The Zane State Board of Trustees unanimously voted to change the name of the Cambridge campus EPIC Center to the Paul R. Brown EPIC Center in honor of the retiring president.

Dr. Paul Brown will be succeeded by Dr. Chad Brown on July 1, 2015. 

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