J. Lee Brown, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Graduate & Continuing Studies | Professor of Management

Phone: 843-349-5090 Email: jbrown30@coastal.edu Office Hours:

Monday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Dr. J. Lee Brown III is a Professor of Management and the founding Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Coastal Carolina University.  Prior to this appointment, he served as interim Provost, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Business Innovation and Dean of the Broadwell College of Business and Economics at Fayetteville State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Strategic Management and International Business at the Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University. His scholarly work has been published in Health Information and Technology, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and the Journal of International Business Studies. It has also been presented at prestigious conferences, such as the Strategic Management Society, AcademyHealth ARM, the Academy of International Business, the Academy of Management, and the conference on Corporate Governance and Global Financial Crisis at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Dr. Brown's previous business experience includes 14 years at multiple levels of management, in roles such as product manager, regional manager, and brand manager for Fortune 500 companies.  In these roles, he led a diverse staff that included engineers, customer service teams, and service technicians.  As an integral member of the management team, he developed marketing strategies, participated in outsourcing decisions, and was responsible for growing revenue and margins of a major product line.  During this time, he also worked to establish strategic alliances with complementary firms and strategic customers.

Dr. Brown has a proven track record of leadership and community service. He has more than 5 years of higher education leadership experience and more than 6 years of professional supervisory experience at Carrier Transicold and Carrier Building Systems. He currently serves on the executive boards for for-profit and non-profit organizations, such as the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation Board and CyberSynergy Corp. Additionally, he is often requested to speak at various events, such as North Carolina State University’s annual Building Future Faculty Symposium and the CIAA Minority Business and Leadership Symposium.


PhD, Old Dominion University, Strategy and International Business
MBA, Strayer University
BS, North Carolina State University, Electrical Engineering

Recent Publications

Brown, J. L. & Paul, T. V. (2024). Creating a Capital Efficient Organization: Accele BioPharma. The Case Journal.

Brown, J. L. & Rivas, J. L. (2023). Harnessing Middle Management Innovation for Business Recovery. In E. Murillo, J. Moreno, & P. Morganti (Eds) Rebuilding after the Great Confinement: Human, Economic and Technological Levers.

Judge, B., Fainschmidt, S., Brown, J. L. (2020). Institutional Systems for Equitable Wealth Creation: Replication and an Update of Judge et al. (2014) Management and Organization Review.