William H. “Bill” Brown was born in 1942 and grew up in the small community of Sweet Springs, Missouri
He attended the Sweet Springs R-7 schools graduating in 1960.
Following high school he attended the University of Missouri
earning B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Engineering.
His first full-time academic position began in 1968 as Assistant Professor in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at Mississippi State University
where he taught and conducted research on alleviating thermal stress on animals.
In 1976 he became department head of the Agricultural Engineering Department at Louisiana State University, where he led faculty and curriculum changes and broadened the research program. In 1983 he was appointed Assistant Director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station with the primary responsibility of enhancing grant funding to statewide research programs. He was instrumental in leading the growth of external funding at approximately 20% per year; he initiated several congressionally mandated special grants, and he began a fledgling technology transfer program. In 1989 Dr. Brown was named Associate Director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station with responsibilities for research program formulation and documentation, oversight of federal research funds, program reviews and plant variety releases. Dr. Brown was appointed the LSU Agricultural Center’s Vice Chancellor for Research and Director of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station in 2001. In this role he was responsible for administrative leadership of all campus-based and statewide food, agricultural and natural resources research programs of the LSU Agricultural Center, coordinating the efforts of over 150 scientists with a total annual budget of over $50 million. He was part of a team that formulated and implemented major organizational changes; he supported expanded research efforts in basic biological sciences, and he promoted business formation and economic development based on LSU AgCenter technologies.
Dr. Brown is the author of numerous publications; he was active and held many committee assignments and national offices in ASAE; he consulted for both public and private entities, and he traveled in several foreign countries as a part of his academic career. He retired in 2004.
Barbara A. Brown was born in Boonville, Missouri, and after moving extensively with her parents as a child, graduated from Sweet Springs R-7 High School in 1960. She attended Central Missouri State University and was employed in numerous positions including Roxbury Press, Stephens College, Mississippi State University, Baton Rouge Business Report, and lastly, the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council, a position she retired from in 2003.
Barbara and Bill were married in 1963, and her most important contribution has been as the mother of their two children, Brad (1973) and Becky (1978), both LSU graduates.
The recipient of the William H. & Barbara A. Brown Scholarship must be a full-time undergraduate student or one-half-time graduate student. They must also maintain a GPA of at least 3.0. Special consideration shall be given to a student who has participated in an engineering internship program.