This is Paul R. Brown’s moment. Or more precisely, the beginning of many moments as Brown assumes the presidency of Monmouth University, succeeding Paul G. Gaffney II, who is retiring after 10 years as the leader of the 80-year-old school.
At ceremonies Wednesday in the blistering sun, as “the two Pauls” stood shoulder-to-shoulder on the steps of historic Woodrow Wilson Hall, Brown stepped up as Gaffney bid adieu with his customary brevity and some melancholy. Watch the video above to hear remarks from Gaffney as well as from Brown.
The university has embraced the new president and his wife, Joan G. Fishman, during the monthlong transition, said Brown, who is able to act officially today as the eighth president, selected in February after a national search that lasted nearly a year. Gaffney becomes president emeritus on the same date.