Trustee Biographies

Luvelle Brown

Luvelle Brown

Elected: 2018
Current Term Ends: 2022
Committees: Academics & Student Affairs, Governance & Compensation/Assessment

Luvelle Brown serves the Ithaca community as superintendent of the Ithaca City School District and in 2017 received the New York State Superintendent of the Year award. Along with fulfilling his responsibilities to his district, Luvelle is an active member of the local community, serving on the board of directors for the United Way of Tompkins County and Tompkins County Area Development (TCAD).

Among Luvelle’s awards and distinctions, he was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the nation's top 100 innovative superintendents and was invited to be a featured speaker at President Barack Obama’s National Superintendent Summit at the White House.

He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and was cofounder of 100 Black Men of Central Virginia, a chapter of the national organization that serves as the largest network of African American male mentors in the nation.

Luvelle’s engagement with IC included participating in an on-campus event with Ithaca’s mayor, Svante Myrick, during which the two reflected on the tragic 2017 events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and engaged in a dialogue about how the Ithaca community can move forward.

Luvelle holds four degrees from the University of Virginia, including a doctor of education (EdD), and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the State University of New York College at Cortland and St. John Fisher College.

Luvelle lives in Ithaca with his children, Landyn and Aiden.

What are you most looking forward to in terms of serving as a trustee?
The Board of Trustees and staff are an impressive group of thinkers. I’m looking forward to stimulating conversations as we seek to address complex issues with no obvious solutions. Additionally, I am excited to contribute to strategic efforts that will result in Ithaca College distinguishing itself as one of the best colleges in the nation.

What do you find special about Ithaca College?
Whenever I meet a person connected to Ithaca College, they exude a sense of pride and love for the college and local community. That deep and enduring affection is only possible when something truly special is taking place within and around the institution.

What are some phrases/words that come to mind when thinking of IC?
Commitment to continuous improvement
Investment in community
Academic excellence