MSJC announces selection of vice president of instruction

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Jeremy Brown has been selected to serve as Mt. San Jacinto College's vice president of instruction after filling the position on an interim basis since 2018, the college announced. Valley News/Mt. San Jacinto College courtesy photo

Mt. San Jacinto College has hired its interim vice president of instruction to fill the position permanently, the college said Friday.

Jeremy Brown was selected this week after what MSJC called “a rigorous search that resulted in a highly competitive field of candidates.”

Brown has served in the interim vice president position since 2018, when the previous holder of the position, Rudolph Besikof, left to take the same job at Lane College in Oakland.

“Dr. Brown has done an outstanding job as an interim VPI and I am proud to have him on my Executive Cabinet,”MSJC Superitendent/President Roger Schultz said. “Jeremy worked tirelessly with faculty to transition classes online quickly so our students could continue with their education during the COVID-19 closures. He keeps student success at the forefront of his decisions. His experience as a faculty member and department chair means he understands the classroom experience and the needs of instructors. He is an advocate for faculty and is well-poised to move us through the coming issues we will face in the wake of the COVID-19 closure.”

Brown has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Baylor University, as well as a master’s degree in music and a doctoral degree in musical arts, both with an emphasis in jazz percussion performance, from the University of Texas, Austin, according to MSJC.

Brown has been at MSJC since 2007, when he began teaching as a music instructor. He later served as music department chair at MSJC’s Menifee Valley Campus, before taking over the position of dean of arts, humanities and social sciences in 2015.

“I am honored to serve as the chief instructional officer for our college,” Brown said. ” MSJC is my home. From the first day I set foot on our campus, this community sparked a passion in me for community college teaching and service. I look forward to continuing to build upon the many gains we are making to support students as they achieve their goals.”

According to MSJC, Brown is still active in music performance and education in the region.

“He is called on regularly to clinic and adjudicate at music festivals, and performs as a guest artist for various programs,” the college said.

Brown’s official start date as the permanent vice president of instruction was May 26. The MSJC Board of Trustees will be asked to confirm his new contract during a meeting in June.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.