Richard G. Brown Fund
Former Executive Director Richard Brown
A member of the original Louisiana School faculty, Dr. Richard G. Brown chaired the Department of Humanities from 1983--86 and served as the school's second Executive Director from 1986--90. From 1990 until his death in December 2000, Dr. Brown served the school as an instructor of History. Admired as a teacher, mentor, and friend by colleagues and students alike, Dr. Brown, an expert in both European Diplomatic History and American Military History, exemplified the role of the scholarly teacher, a role that he advocated throughout his career at the Louisiana School.
In keeping with his wishes and upon his death, Dr. Brown's family requested that a fund to support faculty development be established within the Louisiana School Foundation in his name.
The Louisiana School faculty comprises more than forty talented individuals, all of whom hold postgraduate degrees and 70% of whom hold doctorates in their teaching subjects. In its formative years, the school adopted the scholar-teacher as the paradigm for the LSMSA faculty, a choice that resulted in bringing to the campus an impressive collection of academic and artistic talent. However, as a hybrid institution--a secondary school for gifted students established on a collegiate model--state funding does not allow the school to provide adequately for the growth and renewal of its faculty. Although in recent years money has been made available for travel to professional conferences, the school has not been able to offer a system or means of supporting the intensive study, creative work, and research necessary to maximize the talents of the faculty. The principal resource of the Louisiana School is the faculty.
The Faculty: A Further Word
The current LSMSA faculty includes "veterans" with years of experience at the school and a "second generation" of talented young teachers. Each offers a unique perspective that helps to create the school's excellent academic environment. Each is committed to high standards and expectations. Each helps to fulfill the school's mission. In order to maintain the school's edge of excellence in Louisiana and the nation, a faculty of this caliber requires opportunities to refresh knowledge and develop new skills, as well as motivation to pursue a long-term teaching career at the Louisiana School. The fund promises to enrich the school by contributing to the professional life of the faculty.
"Thanks so much for approving my proposal to attend the film and media program offered at the India Study Abroad Center in Mumbai, India. I was able to produce a short film that I wrote and directed. My intention is to empower the students at LSMSA by teaching them how to make their own short films."
- Kate Riley, Theatre, 2009 Recipient