Jeanne H. Brown Endowed Staff Excellence Award
At 94 years old, Brown is still remembered for her dedication to the McCombs School of Business. And thanks to an award in her name, she’ll be known for generations to come. The Jeanne Brown Award, which was established in 1988 to recognize high-performing and dedicated longtime McCombs staff members, was the first UT endowment to specifically honor a staff member.
“Jeanne Brown was the glue that held the dean’s office together,” says William Cunningham, former dean of McCombs and current professor of marketing. “She was the first one in the office and the last one to leave.”
The Jeanne Brown Award, a $2,000 prize given annually, requires a McCombs dean’s nomination.
“I wanted to give back to McCombs and was looking for a program or cause I was passionate about,” Kyle says. “At the same time, my mother was looking for a way to honor her mother’s legacy to the university. After speaking with the development team, we found that we could accomplish both goals by setting up an endowment to permanently fund the Jeanne Brown Award.”
“She is such a giving person and always puts everyone else first,” says daughter Barbara Herman.
“She was dedicated not only to UT but to the people she worked with for so many years. I would hope for her to be remembered as one of the people who has made UT so great.”