Tuesday, March 07, 2017
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Vernell Brown, South Carolina State University National Alumni Association president (SCSUNAA), will be among the outstanding Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) alumni recognized during the league’s 2017 basketball tournament scheduled for March 6th-11 at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.
Brown, along with alumni from each of the MEAC’s 13 institutions, will be presented a Distinguished Alumni award on March 9 at 8 p.m. The award ceremony will take place on the court during the quarterfinal contest at halftime. The MEAC alumni will be recognized for their outstanding achievements and notable contributions made to their respective universities and communities.
A Dorchester, South Carolina native who now resides in Charleston, South Carolina, Brown is in her fourth year as president of SCSUNAA. She previously served as first vice president, second vice president and financial secretary for the organization. Brown has been an avid contributor and supporter of the organization for over 30 years.
She has also chaired the Audit, Nominating and Alumni Stellar Calendar committees for her alma mater and presently serves on the SC State Foundation Board of Directors and the university’s Board of Trustees.
As a dedicated SC State University recruiter, she has sponsored several student-recruitment events in her community. Additionally, she is a supporter of scholarships for students attending SC State and directed the establishment of the first SCSUNAA endowed scholarship fund.
As a student and eyewitness to history, Brown experienced the terrors of the Orangeburg Massacre in 1968.
She also played an integral role during the Civil Rights Movement, as she marched the streets of St. George, South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. She worked with the honorable Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and faced several arrests during this time period. Brown fought vigorously for justice on behalf of African Americans.
She graduated from SC State in 1971 and earned a degree in business administration with minors in accounting and economics. In 1978, she earned a master’s in social work from the University of South Carolina, and has completed additional graduate studies at the University of Chicago and The Citadel in counseling and community services.
Brown has continued to be a community activist through her service over the years.
Among her many contributions, she has served as a member of the Johns Island Constituent School Board, South Carolina School Social Workers Association, Community Mental Healthcare Board, Sea Island Comprehensive HealthCare Corporation and has been an active political leader in her community.
She continues to serve her community and society by volunteering and mentoring students on Johns Island, SC.
Currently, Brown is a licensed clinical therapist in private practice at Sandridge Counseling Services and is also a licensed insurance agent.
She is the mother of three adult children, grandmother of five grandchildren and has one great-grandchild. All of her children are graduates of SC State University. Her granddaughter is currently a student at SC State, making her a third generation Bulldog.
Brown cheerfully dedicates much of her time to SCSUNAA, SC State and its athletics, her grandchildren and traveling.