“Significant numbers of men of color are retiring, many earlier than desirable, with few tangible plans for their future. My voice will help encourage this growing population of adults on the valuable contribution that they can yet make to society by sharing their life and work experiences with our youth.”


Adell Brown

Project Director, Collective Healing Initiative, 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, LA 

Adell Brown recently retired as executive vice chancellor for the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center – Southern University A&M System after 40 years of service. He previously served as Vice President for Planning, Research, and Development for Mississippi Valley State University. Brown has published extensively in professional journals, books and other media outlets in areas of agricultural and rural development with emphases on enhancing opportunities for farm families with small-land holdings and addressing assiduous poverty in rural communities. 

Brown is actively involved with helping to improve the Greater Baton Rouge Area. Much of his community service work is through the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, and the Greater Baton Rouge Pan Hellenic Council. Brown serves as vice president of the National Sigma Beta Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is an active worker in the First Mount Zion Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He serves as project director of Collective Healing Initiative for the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge.

A native of Gilbert, Louisiana, Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Northeast Louisiana State University, an MBA from the University of Southwest Louisiana and a doctorate of philosophy degree in agricultural economics from Louisiana State University.


Learn more here about the Encore Public Voices Fellowship, which supports diverse voices focusing on aging, longevity and the intergenerational opportunity. 

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