Institute for Student Success

Thomas Brown

Tom Brown

Thomas Brown served as an on-campus educator in academic and student affairs for 27 years, most recently as the Dean of Advising Services/Special Programs at Saint Mary's College of California. In addition to developing and administering Saint Mary's nationally recognized academic advising program, he was responsible for new student and family orientation programs, Academic Support and Achievement (e.g., tutoring, services for Students with Disabilities), pre-law advising, and the Offices of Asian Pacific American, Black, Latino, and International Student Programs. At Saint Mary’s, Tom developed the High Potential Program, which continues to provide access and support to first-generation students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and dramatically increased graduation rates among these cohorts.


Tom also has served on the boards of numerous professional associations, including acting as Chair of Multicultural Concerns and Vice President of the 10,000-member National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), Chair of the Prelaw Advisors National Council, and a member of the Law School Admissions Council Prelaw Advisor Subcommittee. He has published and presented extensively on a variety of topics, including professional development, increasing student success, academic advising, international educational exchange, and supporting underrepresented students. Tom has served as a consultant to more than 400 colleges and universities, including several CSU campuses, and he emphasizes the critical roles employees at all levels of the university play in supporting student success.