It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the sad news of the passing of Bronx Community College’s (BCC) distinguished President Emeritus, Roscoe C. Brown, Jr.
Dr. Brown was a decorated World War II veteran, member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen and 2009 recipient of a Congressional Gold Medal. He was the first African-American president at BCC. Dr. Brown served the College as President for 17 years where he led outreach to the city’s economic and educational institutions and developed new programs in health, technology and human services. In 1980 he created the BCC Advisory Committee.
In 1985, he created the BCC Foundation Inc. to spearhead fundraising initiatives. In the mid-1980’s, he also helped NY State establish the Bronx Educational Opportunity Center to develop vocational training and skills education.
An avid runner, in 1978, Dr. Brown established the 10K Run, a day of fun, fitness and health for the community. Today the event has evolved to Run the Bronx with over 1,200 participants from the tri-state area and beyond. It was indeed our special honor to pay tribute to him at this year’s Run the Bronx, which he has participated in annually.
Dr. Brown created programs to increase outreach to Bronx junior high and high schools. He also created programs supporting minority students going into science careers.
During Dr. Brown’s tenure at BCC, more than 10,000 students graduated going on to further their education and careers. In 2000, the building housing the cafeteria, bookstore, student government and other student-oriented offices was named the Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. Student Center.
The American flag will be flown at half-mast at Bronx Community College campus in honor of his life, service and inspiration.
President Thomas A. Isekenegbe