Dr. Lee Brown
Capping a career of public service dedicated to law enforcement, Dr. Lee P. Brown was elected Mayor of the City of Houston on December 6,1997 and served the maximum three terms. During his three terms in office, Dr. Brown made public safety his top priority and presided over the most prosperous six-year period in the history of the City.
Prior to his election as Mayor of the Nation's forth-largest city, Dr. Brown served in President Bill Clinton's Cabinet as Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy from 1993 to 1996. In that position, he changed the nation's drug control strategy by placing a greater emphasis on prevention, education and treatment.
Lee Brown rose through the law enforcement ranks - first as a patrolman with the San Jose, California Police Department; then as a Sheriff of Multnomah County, Oregon; followed by Commissioner of Public Safety in Atlanta Georgia; Chief of Police in Houston, Texas and Police Commissioner for New York City, New York. During this time, Brown conceived of and pioneered the concept known today as community policing, which over 80 percent of all American police departments have adopted in one form or another.
He has an undergraduate degree in criminology from Fresno State University, a master's degree in sociology with a concentration in corrections from San Jose State University and holds a master's degree and doctorate degree in criminology from the University California at Berkeley, where he also is an UC-Berkeley Fellow and the 2004 Alumnus of the year. He also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Florida International University, Portland State University, State University of New York, Fresno State University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Paul Quinn College and Howard University. He is an honorary visiting professor at six universities in China.
Dr. Brown also had a very distinguished career in academia. He was a part time Professor at San Jose State University; Professor and Chairman of the Department of Administration of Justice at Portland State University; Associate Director of the Institute for Urban Affairs and Research and Professor of Public Administration at Howard University; University Professor at Texas Southern University and a Senior Scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and Professor of Sociology at Rice University. He served as a Research Fellow at Harvard University and a Senior Scientist at the Gallup Organization where he was also inducted into the Gallup Hall of Fame.
His many awards and honors include serving as a United States National Correspondent to the United Nation's Program on the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders, President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forums Police Leadership Award, the Public Service Award from the American Society of Public Administration, Manager of the Year Award from the National Management