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John Brown
Position: Assistant Athletic Director for Bulldog Club/Special Events
Alma Mater: Iowa
Graduating Year: 1990
Phone: (515) 271-2228
Email: john.brown@drake.edu
John Brown was named assistant athletic director for Bulldog Club and special events at Drake University in June of 2011. An experienced advancement professional, Brown directs the efforts of Drake’s annual fund for athletics and coordinates all athletics-related special events, such as the Bulldog Club’s annual golf outing and Corn Feed.

Brown has been on Drake’s campus since 2003. Prior to joining the athletics staff, he was assistant director of alumni and parent relations for over five years, working on a variety of activities geared toward increased alumni engagement. During this time, he worked very closely with the Drake athletics staff to collaborate on various alumni events in support of the Bulldogs and ways to keep Drake alumni informed on happenings in athletics. Before his time in the alumni office, Brown also served for two years in the Sodexo Meeting Services office at Drake, coordinating special events in the Olmsted Center for student groups, University functions, and activities from external constituents.

John received his master of public administration degree from Drake in 2008, and received his bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Iowa in 1990. A Des Moines native, John and his wife Sara – who is also a Drake alumna – have two children, Emma and Hayden.