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Marian Brown, longtime public servant and current Dallas County Sheriff, will present the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) spring 2019 commencement address.
Sheriff Brown, a distinguished alumna of the College of Liberal Arts’ Communication Studies program, will speak before the nearly 700 graduates and their families and friends during this season's commencement ceremony, which is slated to take place at 3:00 PM on Friday, May 10th, in UT Arlington’s College Park Center.
Articulating a sentiment shared by many faculty, staff, students, and alumni, Elisabeth Cawthon, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown to our commencement stage. As a graduate of our esteemed College of Liberal Arts, she represents the realization of the Maverick dream: academic preparation that provides an informed foundation for professional—and community—success.”
Brown, who began her career in law enforcement in 1988 as the first African-American female hired by the Duncanville Police Department has, over the course of her decades-long career, risen through the ranks to be named Assistant Chief of Police in 2007. In 2014, she retired from the force, but went on to join the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department where she served as Chief Deputy in charge of General Services. Then, on January 1, 2018, Sheriff Brown was sworn in as Sheriff of Dallas County, claiming another milestone: first African-American Sheriff in Dallas County. Moreover, she is one of only three African-American female sheriffs in the United States.
Brown has consistently demonstrated a deep commitment to Dallas County, where she grew up and attended Dallas public schools. Under her direction, the Sheriff's Department hosts many community events and offers service programs including free VIN etching, bicycle-riding safety and lessons for children, and more. For additional information on their current program offering, visit them on Facebook and Twitter. Also, Brown’s dedication to diversity and inclusion initiatives is evidenced by her department’s partnership with entities like NOBLE, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
Brown is poised to share her wealth of knowledge from the unique perspective of one who has walked the same path as many of the proud spring graduates she will address. She considers it an honor to pass the symbolic change-maker torch. The commencement ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019, at College Park Center.
About the College of Liberal Arts
UT Arlington’s College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) provides expansive courses of study in the social sciences, humanities and fine arts. Our departments and centers are comprised of highly skilled faculty and students who are dedicated to elevating the human condition through research, scholarship and creative activity. We facilitate the development of our students’ essential skills including: critical thinking and problem-solving, interpretation and analysis, research strategy, and effective communication, through the use of creative, interdisciplinary approaches that address the challenges of a complex, global society. We nurture the Maverick spirit and consistently produce community leaders who impact the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and beyond by elevating the human condition where ever they are.
About the University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution. With a projected global enrollment of close to 60,000, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the state of Texas. Guided by its Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions|Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and education within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was recently cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities. U.S. News & World Report lists UTA as having the fifth highest undergraduate diversity index among national universities. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets.