John E. Brown Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Friends and Family of John E. Brown Jr.

Type: Endowed

Donor: Friends and Family of John E. Brown Jr.

Established: 2011

John E. Brown Jr. graduated from JBU in 1942.  He trained as a naval pilot and later served aboard a ship with the Pacific Fleet during World War II.  He was on the USS Ancon and the USS Eldorado.  He received the American Area Asiatic-Pacific Area star, the Philippine Liberation award, and the World War II Victory medal.  He was also at NACSB Atlanta, NAS Beaufort, SC and CASCU Coronado, California.  He returned to JBU after the war and was appointed JBU’s vice president by John Brown Sr. in 1946.

John succeeded his father as president of JBU in 1948, when he was just 26, making him, like his father had once been, the youngest university president in America.  During his tenure as president, John pushed high academic standards, leading to JBU’s accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1962.  John also was responsible for the introduction of intercollegiate athletics at JBU and was a lifetime fan of JBU Golden Eagle basketball, rarely missing home games.  Under John, enrollment increased steadily, and the Honors Program was founded in 1961.  While he was president, John oversaw the completion of the iconic Cathedral Group of buildings in 1957.  Beyond the Cathedral, many of the structures that stand on campus today were erected under John’s leadership.

John was given the honorary title of Chancellor in 1987 and was honored  as JBU’s Outstanding Alumnus in 1999. He passed away June 3, 2011 at the age of 89.