Bruininks names Kathryn Brown interim vice president, chief of staff

Brad Unangst

Interim University President Robert Bruininks named Kathryn F. Brown interim vice president and chief of staff Friday.

Brown replaces Tonya Moten Brown, who is leaving to become vice chancellor for administration in the University of Texas System.

“I am honored and privileged to be asked to help lead the University during this critical transition,” Kathryn Brown said in a statement released Friday. Her appointment is effective Monday.

In her new role, Brown will be Bruininks’ chief adviser and a main contact for the University administration and broader community.

Bruininks said Brown’s commitment to the University made her the ideal choice for the position.

Brown, who served as associate vice provost for the Office of Student Affairs, has worked at the University since 1992.

She has also held other administrative posts, including assistant and interim associate vice president for the Office for Multicultural and Academic Affairs, interim director of Disability Services and attorney for the Office of the General Counsel.

In former University President Mark Yudof’s administration, the chief of staff helped advise on and implement presidential policy and oversaw the athletics department. In a change announced Friday, that department will now report directly to Bruininks.

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