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Dr. Melissa Brown Elected Board Chair

The Keuka College (N.Y.) Board of Trustees elected Flourtown, Pa. resident Dr. Melissa Brown chair of the governing board at its recent spring meeting.

She will replace Gorham resident Christopher Iversen, president of Iversen Construction Corp. and Chrisanntha Inc. in Gorham.

“Dr. Brown is a well-respected member of our governing board whose knowledge of issues affecting Keuka College and higher education in general, business, and medicine have proved to be invaluable,” said College President Joseph G. Burke. “I am confident that she will be a superb leader for our Board, and I look forward to working with her in that capacity.”

Brown, a 1972 Keuka graduate, has been a strong advocate for Keuka, having served on the Board of Trustees from 1992 to 2001 before being reelected in 2002. She received the Keuka College Alumni Association’s Professional Achievement Award in 2002.

“Keuka College has had a profound impact on me, not just as a student but throughout my adult life,” said Brown. “The skills I have learned, the values I have developed, and the friends I have made—all an integral part of my Keuka experience—have guided me well. They will continue to guide me during my years as chair of the Board of Trustees. I thank the Board for its confidence in me to provide leadership as Keuka assumes an increasingly prominent role in national and international education.”

Brown is an ophthalmologist and president and CEO of the Center for Value-Based Medicine, a professional health care consulting and research organization that seeks ways to provide quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Keuka, Brown earned a master’s degree in nursing from Emory University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She also holds a MBA in strategic management from St. Joseph’s University.

Brown is a diplomate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The author of more than 200 publications, she is co-chief editor of Evidence-Based Ophthalmology and lead author of Evidence-Based to Value-Based Medicine, an acclaimed text that defines the field of value-based medicine and use of comparative and cost effectiveness in clinical care.

Former president of the Montgomery County Medical Society and twice nominee for the U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania’s 13th District, she served as an Advisory Council appointee on the National Institute on Aging from 2003 to 2006. She is also a member of the Society for Women’s Health Research and the WISH List (Women in Senate and House).

Brown resides in Flourtown with her husband, Gary; 4-year-old Great Dane, Bart; and boxer puppy, Lily. The Browns have three grown daughters: Heather, Heidi, and Katie.

Iversen joined Keuka’s governing board in 1998 and has served as chair since 2007.

“Chris has been an outstanding Board member and chair,” said Burke. “He is a gifted leader who has been at the forefront of Keuka’s global emergence and expansion of degree programs. As a well-respected local business owner, Chris provided valuable insight into how local issues would affect the College. However, his grasp of the national and international landscape is equally impressive. His contributions to our College will be felt for many, many years.”

2 Responses to Dr. Melissa Brown Elected Board Chair

  1. Vicki Smith says:

    Dr. Brown…congrats on being elected as board chair…thank you for everything you do for Keuka College…Dr. Vicki Smith, Profession & Chair of Occupational therapy

  2. Melissa Brown says:

    Thank you very much for your kind words. Keuka is a special place with special people who make it what it is . . . folks like you. Have a great summer. Warmly, Lissa

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