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Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget director leaving to take over board that oversees community and technical colleges

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Aug. 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
August 10, 2012 5:19 pm

Marty Brown, who has served as Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget director since April of 2010, will leave the post early to take over the board that oversees the state’s community and technical colleges.

Brown, who was Gregoire’s legislation liaison before becoming the head of her Office of Financial Management, will move to the new position as executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in mid-September. He replaces the retiring Charlie Earl.

Marty Brown (OFM photo)

Gregoire’s second term ends next January. Deputy Director Stan Marshburn, another veteran of state government service as well as the co-founder of the TVW public affairs network, will take over for the remainder of Gregoire’s term.

Brown also served senior positions in the administration of Gov. Gary Locke and has also been Secretary of the Senate, that body’s chief administrative post, and as a staff member of the Senate. He took over the state’s budget office, his second stint in the job, in the midst of the Great Recession and the seemingly constant reductions in state spending.

“If anybody knows the value of higher education and economic development, it’s Marty Brown,” said board chairperson Sharon Fairchild in a press statement. “He’s a visionary leader who is well respected for his ability to steer important policy initiatives in tough financial times. His years of experience will be a tremendous asset for our students and our colleges.”

Said Brown: “I’m energized and excited about the future of the community and technical college system. Innovation, technology, funding and access are key to students’ success as they learn the skills needed for Washington to compete in the world.”

Brown attended the University of Iowa and came to Washington state to earn a law degree at the former University of Puget Sound school of law.

Here is the press release issued today by the board

Marty Brown selected executive director of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

OLYMPIA, Wash – The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges has selected Marty Brown as its new executive director. Brown is currently the director of the Office of Financial Management (OFM) and is expected to assume his new role in mid-September.

State Board Chair Sharon Fairchild said Brown’s experience will advance the system’s mission to educate more Washingtonians to higher skills and degrees so students can land good jobs and contribute to the economy.

“If anybody knows the value of higher education and economic development, it’s Marty Brown,” said Fairchild. “He’s a visionary leader who is well respected for his ability to steer important policy initiatives in tough financial times. His years of experience will be a tremendous asset for our students and our colleges.”

As the current OFM director, Brown oversees policy, accounting, and labor relations for the State of Washington. Brown is responsible for overall management of the state’s operating, transportation, and capital budgets. He also supervises work on the Governor’s budget, proposed legislation, and financial policies, and establishes expenditure and revenue plans for all state agencies.

Brown formerly served as director of legislative affairs for Governor Gregoire, legislative director and deputy chief of staff for former Governor Locke, and secretary of the Washington State Senate.
Brown has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a juris doctor from the University of Puget Sound School of Law. He is replacing Charlie Earl, who is retiring this month.

“I’m energized and excited about the future of the community and technical college system. Innovation, technology, funding and access are key to students’ success as they learn the skills needed for Washington to compete in the world,” said Brown. “Our community and technical college system is one of the best investments Washington can make for the economic success of residents and the state. I look forward to building on that excellent foundation.”

Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges comprise the state’s largest system of higher education. Each year, nearly 500,000 students train for jobs, prepare to transfer to a university, gain basic math and English skills, or pursue continuing education. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges oversees the system, sets policy, allocates state operating and capital funds to the colleges, strategically plans the two-year college mission, and approves educational programs.

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