Brown To Speak At Mount Olive College Braswell Lecture


MOUNT OLIVE-  Dr. Elissa Brown will be the guest speaker at the 14th Annual Braswell Lecture at University of Mount Olive on March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Southern Bank Auditorium on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Brown is the director of Teacher & Leader Education Programs and Statewide Secondary Projects at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She came to the state department in 2007 in the role as state consultant for Academically/Intellectually Gifted. Prior to her move to North Carolina, she was the director of the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where she directed an international research center and taught graduate courses in the School of Education.

Brown has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in education at several universities. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s from Western Carolina University. She received her Ph.D in educational planning, policy, and leadership from the College of William and Mary. Brown is a published author and presents widely. She was the recipient of the National Association for Gifted Children Early Leader award in 2004. She is president-elect of the North Carolina Association for Research in Education. She has been a high school principal, USED grant manager, central office administrator and teacher.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Education and the Prospective Teacher’s Association at University of Mount Olive.  The Braswell Lecture has been held annually at University of Mount Olive since 1997-98 in memory of Jessie Dail Braswell.  Braswell taught in Princeton public schools for 34 years and demonstrated a life-long commitment to education.  The Jessie Dail and Walter Vernon Braswell Endowment funds the Braswell Scholarship program.  Since 1998 the Braswell Lecture has featured North Carolina leaders in education and presented addresses on significant issues.

University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit