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Rae Linda Brown

Rae Linda Brown

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Hauge Administration Building
  • Professional
  • Personal

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Professor of Music


  • Ph.D., Musicology, Yale University, 1987
  • M.A., African American Studies and Music, Yale University, 1980
  • B.S., Music Education, University of Connecticut, 1976


Rae Linda Brown, Ph.D., has joined Pacific Lutheran University as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Brown comes to PLU from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, where she most recently served as associate provost for undergraduate education.

Brown earned a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Connecticut in 1976; an M.A. in African American Studies and Music from Yale University in 1980; and a Ph.D. in Musicology from Yale in 1987. She was also an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at Pomona College from 2004-05.
Rae Linda Brown, Ph.D., has joined Pacific Lutheran University as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

Earlier in her career, Brown served as the Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Chair of the Department of Music at the University of California, Irvine, where she oversaw the development of the university’s new jazz program and final completion of a new Music and Media building in 1999. Also at UC Irvine, she served as faculty assistant to the executive vice chancellor and provost, where she functioned as dean of the eight interdisciplinary programs reporting to the provost’s office, including Asian American Studies, African American Studies, Women’s Studies, Latin American Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, History of Philosophy, Transportation Science, and Global Peace and Conflict Studies. She is a noted scholar of Florence Beatrice Price, the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra.

During her eight-year tenure at LMU, Brown led the internationalization of the curriculum and restructuring of the study away program, including the establishment of a mission-based program in Cordoba, Argentina, and undergraduate research initiatives with the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Beijing Center. She also established LMU’s first domestic exchange programs with Spelman College and Morehouse College, two of the oldest and most important historically black colleges.

In addition, Brown led efforts to restructure LMU’s Academic Resource Center, Disability Support Services, the University Honors Program, and the Office of National and International Fellowships, as well as providing administrative leadership for the development and implementation of a new core curriculum. In conjunction with the office of Student Affairs, she led the implementation of a three-year university retention strategic plan.