Janice M. Brown, Ed.D.
Janice M. Brown is currently the Executive Director Emeritus of the
Kalamazoo Promise. She was Superintendent of Kalamazoo Public
Schools from July 2000 to August 2007, and prior to that served as
Executive Director of Instruction. In addition, she has over 40 years
of experience working at all levels of public education. She has been
a teacher, consultant, visiting professor, State administrator,
principal and central office administrator.
Brown has made State and national presentations for many
professional groups, most recently on the economic/educational
value of The Kalamazoo Promise. She was named Michigan
Superintendent of the Year for her region and received the national
Athena Award, the Women of Achievement and the Glass Ceiling
Award given to women who have shown outstanding leadership.
Her most recent honor was the Crystal Apple Award from Michigan
State University. Brown provides leadership at all levels of the
community for improved learning for all students and
engagement/support from the total community. She currently serves
on a number of Boards and committees representing the Promise.
One capstone of her tenure as superintendent for Kalamazoo Public
Schools was the preparation and announcement of The Kalamazoo
Promise. Brown continues to be the spokesperson for the Kalamazoo
Promise as one of its founders and works closely with Kalamazoo
Public Schools and many organizations in the greater Kalamazoo
region. Brown has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today,
the Katie Couric Show, ABC, The Today Show, CNN, Good Morning
America and most recently on behalf of The Kalamazoo Promise in
the New York Times.