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July 12, 2000


California State University, Dominguez Hills, appoints Alphonce J. Brown, Jr., vice president, University Advancement

Alphonce J. Brown, Jr. has been named vice president, University Advancement, at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He will assume his duties July 31, 2000.

University Advancement is the university division responsible for private fund-raising and for university and government relations, which includes alumni relations, media relations, and public affairs and publications.

Announcing the appointment, President James E. Lyons, Sr., praised the work of the university committee that spent several months reviewing candidates nationwide to fill the vacancy left by Melba F. Coleman, who retired in June. Lyons said that Brown's experience has prepared him well for the job.

"I look forward to Mr. Brown joining the executive team," Lyons said. "I am confident that he will provide appropriate leadership as we move forward in advancing the university."

Having served most recently as executive director of the National Kidney Foundation of Southwest Texas, Brown's résumé spans more than a quarter-century.

He began in the private sector in 1972, working in sales for a dozen years at companies across the country, from the Deep South to the eastern seaboard, from the plains states to the Southwest.

Then came his focus on higher education.

In 1984, at the University of Texas at Austin College and Graduate School of Business, Brown served three years as assistant to the dean, associate director for Development, two years as director, Alumni Affairs & Special Programs, and three years as assistant dean, Alumni Affairs & Special Programs.

In 1992, Brown was appointed associate director, Development, School of Medicine, UCLA. One year later, he accepted the post of executive director and chief executive officer at Prairie View A&M University Foundation, where he remained three years. In 1996,Brown started his own company — Visionary Concepts Consulting — in Houston, Texas. One year later, he was named executive director, National Kidney Foundation of Southwest Texas, Houston, where he remained until May of this year.

Brown said that the diversity of CSU Dominguez Hills, and its mission of teaching and learning, drew him to the university. He said he plans to build support for its program - among alumnus statewide as well as corporations in its communities.

"The Dominguez Hills story is so important and vital," Brown said. "Look at the diversity of its communities, the success of its graduates, and the vitality of each individual and business it calls 'friend.' They are our legacy. They are our future."

He received a bachelor of arts degree in government and psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Further information can be obtained by contacting Tim Woodhull, director, Media Relations, (310) 243-3367.