A native of northeastern Oklahoma, Tim Brown first came to the campus on the hill in 1978 to attend Rogers State University’s predecessor institution Claremore Junior College. After one semester he left school to work in the business world.
Brown embarked on a successful career and said he always planned to one day earn his bachelor’s degree – he just didn’t realize that one day would be 30 years later.
In the 1990s, Brown and his wife Pam attended Tulsa Junior College (now Tulsa Community College) and each earned their associate degrees.
His work as a contractor and supervisor for several energy efficiency firms took Brown to colleges and universities across the state. However, it was not until he started working at RSU that he was encouraged to complete his degree.
Brown said he was finishing a job in Dr. Bruce Garrison’s office when Dr. Garrison asked him about his education. Garrison, dean of RSU’s School of Business and Technology, encouraged Brown to finish his bachelor’s degree and said he hoped Brown would complete his degree at RSU.
By June of 2006, Brown was enrolled as a part-time RSU student. During the next two years he would complete more than 75 percent of his courses online.
“Taking classes online made it much easier to work a full-time job and attend college,” Brown said. “I have been to many college campuses and chose Rogers State University to be my alma mater.”
Brown said he was able to earn his bachelor’s of science degree at the university’s 96th commencement ceremony held on Saturday, May 10, 2008, with the support of his wife and the faculty at RSU.
He said he is excited to earn his degree and is the first person in his family to earn a bachelor’s degree.
“The campus has changed a lot in the past 30 years and I am proud to say I am a graduate of such a beautiful university,” Brown said.