John Brown III, Windgate Charitable Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director  

FOCUS AREAS: Art education, K-12 education, higher education, Christian higher education, human services, Christian and marriage family relationships, children and youth.

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PROFILE: John Brown III is the executive director and spokesman of the Windgate Charitable Foundation, which is based in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He was the former president of John Brown University and elected to be an Arkansas state senator in 1995.

His professional bio shares:

John E. Brown III has headed the Windgate Charitable Foundation since its founding in 1993. The foundation, which had $174.3 million in assets at the end of 2013, primarily supports arts education projects, K-12 school improvement programs, higher education initiatives, programs to strengthen family relationships and some human service programs. Brown is a former president of John Brown University, the Christian college founded by his grandfather in 1919. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from JBU in 1971 and a law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1974. Brown served two terms as a senator in the Arkansas Legislature. He’s a trustee of JBU and president of Philanthropy Southwest, a professional association of some 240 grant-makers. 

John Brown University shares this information about his background:

The third in a founding generation of great men, John Brown III was a natural choice for the third president of John Brown University. Growing up in Siloam Springs as the son of the then-president and the grandson of the founder, Brown was surrounded by JBU. John Brown III

In 1971, Brown graduated from JBU with a degree in business administration, and in 1974 received his J.D. from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

The same year, Brown began to work with development, administration and legal affairs for JBU. Two years later, he was elected vice president of the University and secretary for the Board of Trustees.

Brown assumed the presidency at John Brown University in 1979, also teaching criminology and business classes.

Like his father's term at the University, Brown's presidency was characterized by a period of growth, in which the enrollment grew more than 30 percent and $14 million of construction was completed. In 1979, a new wing was added to the Mayfield women's residence hall, and by 1980, the Learning Resource Center Complex was completed for student and faculty use. The $6 million Walton Lifetime Health Complex opened in 1988.

John Brown IIIUnder Brown's leadership, an entrance plaza was erected in 1982, a monument that prominently featured the Christian and American flags representing "the founder's dream of building a college where Christian truth and the ideals of responsible citizenship would serve as the foundation for educating the 'head, heart and hand.'"

The founder's grandson was also concerned about the community. His involvement in Siloam Springs and the surrounding areas included writing a column for the local newspaper, serving as of the Kiwanis Service Club and being president of the United Way board. Additionally, Brown was a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Christian Legal Society.

In 1993, Brown decided to go deeper into public affairs. He left the presidency at JBU and accepted a position as executive administrator for the newly-formed Windgate Foundation, which donated to marriage and family enrichment projects. By 1995, he began the first of two terms serving as state senator from the 34th district of Arkansas.

Brown continues to be actively connected to the institution that his grandfather founded, serving on the board of trustees and occasionally teaching political thought courses. He was awarded a doctorate of higher education by John Brown University in 1993.

You can learn more about Brown’s perspective from his mentions and quotes in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: