Carolyn Thompson Brown Elected Fetzer Institute Board Chair

Carolyn Thompson Brown

We're pleased to announce our Board of Trustees has elected Carolyn Thompson Brown, PhD, to serve as their next chair.

Carolyn, who has served as a trustee since 2002, was elected by the full board to serve a term through fall of 2020. She succeeds Rob Lehman, who has served as board chair since 2001.

“Carolyn brings a wealth of experience in public service and philanthropy to this work,” said our President and CEO, Bob Boisture. “As the Institute evolves to inspire and serve a global movement, we will benefit greatly from her commitment to integrating the inner life of mind and spirit with the outer life of service and action.”

Brown is retired director of the Office of Scholarly Programs and the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, where she managed the Kluge Prize, created research opportunities for senior scholars, oversaw innumerable fellowship competitions, and directed the Poetry and Literature Program, which hosts the Poet Laureate of the United States. Prior to this position, she led the Collections and Services Directorate, overseeing collections development, collections management, reference, and public outreach for the general, special, and Area Studies collections. Her professional writings examine the interrelationship of literature, culture, and psychology with special focus on modern Chinese literature. Brown is the author of Reading Lu Xun through Carl Jung (Cambria Press, March 2018).

“In her powerful essay ‘Footprints of the Soul—Uniting Spirit with Action in the World,’ Carolyn writes about the importance of returning to the ‘well of spirit’ to deepen ourselves and our contributions in our communities. This deepening has been my experience of her service,” said our retiring board chair, Rob Lehman. “It’s an honor for me to welcome Carolyn to this new role. She has engaged with the work of the Institute for twenty years, first as a key advisor to our programs in contemplative practice, then as a trustee.”

We're grateful for Carolyn's continued service and leadership.