John E. Brown Jr.'s Message
By Dr. Jim Krall
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
'Things Are Going Well at JBU, But We Need Your Help'
We miss John E. Brown Jr. He was a legend not just on this campus, but also with the board, alumni and friends of JBU. John believed in the quality Christian education that is offered here at JBU, and he strongly felt that alumni, parents, friends, foundations and businesses should consider JBU in their charitable giving.
Through a lifetime of experience at JBU, John deeply understood that, to offer a high quality Christian University education, we needed generous support from alumni, parents, friends, foundations and corporations. John cared daily about the university and most days would spend time after lunch in the advancement and president’s office area visiting with his wife Louise. We often talked about gifts coming into the university and people he thought might want to get involved with JBU.
When I talk to people about supporting JBU, I often think about John’s message for giving to the institution. His basic message was, “Things are going well at JBU, but we need your help.” This message is just as true today as it was when John was President of JBU. The university has been named #1 in U.S. News and World Report Southwest Region, has a strong enrollment and has finished the Keeping Faith Campaign with $118 million, one year early and $18 million over the original goal.
Things are going very well at JBU. He also had a great passion and interest in furthering the impact of JBU. This is why the second part of the message from John was that we need your help. JBU has given much to all of us and we continue to benefit from all that is going well at JBU. It is now our turn, our responsibility, to help JBU improve even more for current and future generations of students.
John will be greatly missed. His message, however, is timeless. We are thankful for the inspirational legacy he left and for the leadership he provided JBU both during and after his time as president.
Dr. Jim Krall is vice president for university advancement.