SJR STATE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS
RON BROWN (1968) - Attorney for the City of St. Augustine, retired 2014
Each week, St. Johns River State College is honoring one of its own in an alumni salute, celebrating the career milestones, community contributions and personal reflections of those who began their collegiate journey as SJR State Vikings.
Following a brief stint as a college speech and debate team coach that ignited his talent for debate, Ron Brown, J.D., has dedicated more than 27 years to public law and local government - a gratifying career founded on the provisions of practical innovation and legal solutions, while often under intense public scrutiny.
Reflecting upon his career, Ron recalls how helping public officials and constituents realize and achieve their goals has been the most rewarding part of his career.
After earning his Associate in Arts (transfer) degree from SJR State in 1968, Ron continued his education at the University of Florida, where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree and then began practicing law at the offices of Dobson and Brown.
Most recently, Ron retired after serving eight years as attorney for the City of St. Augustine. He is currently providing legal services through his private practices in Palatka and St. Augustine. He was also recently appointed legal counsel for the SJR State District Board of Trustees.
Ron continues to serve the community as the board director of the ARC of the St. Johns and as chairman of the St. Johns River State College Foundation Board.
Ron said he believes that small community and state colleges like SJR State are more than capable when compared to larger institutions. “I believed then, and can confirm now, that the emphasis on rigorous and quality instruction by the SJR State teaching professionals placed my education on par with what I could have received at a university and at a much lower cost,” he said. “The encouragement of the faculty and administrative staff in providing these opportunities for student involvement and growth are to be commended.”
SJR State Highlights:
- President of Student Government
- Director of Student Activities
- Speech and Debate Team Coach
- Member of the college name change committee following SJR State’s 2010 approval to offer baccalaureate degree programs
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