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Sonya Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for System Planning

Sonya Brown is the Associate Vice President for System Planning at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Brown provides leadership and oversight for program development, data analysis and strategic planning related to the mission and vision of the Office of System Planning and the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Brown brings over fifteen years of experience in academic administration to her position. She is an accomplished resource manager with expertise in strategic planning, budgeting, data analysis, space allocation, facility maintenance and renovation, enrollment management, human resources, policy review and implementation, program development, grant proposal writing, distributed learning, intellectual property, negotiation and consensus building. 

Dr. Brown comes to the Office of System Planning from the College of Arts and Sciences at USC Columbia where she was the Assistant Dean for Academic and Fiscal Planning. As an expert in institutional structures and processes, her responsibilities included developing and executing the college budget, directing the human resources functions of the college, providing oversight for academic planning, monitoring and implementing all relevant university and college policies and the provision of strategic planning data to the senior staff of the college. She also managed the allocation, maintenance and renovation of academic space. 

Prior to working at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Brown was an academic planner at the University of Wisconsin, specializing in distributed learning, intellectual property, grant writing and program development.

Dr. Brown earned her MA and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin and holds a BA in French and political science from Taylor University.  She also served as a visiting professor of political science at Taylor University and taught in a variety of settings at the University of Wisconsin.

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