Hsin Chang '95
Her husband, Jim Protzman ' 80 (MA),
who won a seat on the Chapel Hill Town
Council in 1993, told her that the difference
between him running for office and her
"standing" for her post is that "you don't
actually run for chair of the faculry; you
just kinda stand still and see if it happens,"
It happened, and so far she has received
good reviews on her new role as faculry
chair. "Jane is a fine teacher and scholar,"
Chancellor Paul Hardin said. "I'm not
even sure she knew what a fine leader she
Journalism in her blood
Brown had a happy childhood on a dairy
farm in Rising Sun, Md., about 50 miles
northeast of Baltimore. Her father is a famler,
and her mother, a journalist. In addition to
a twin sister, Judi, Brown also has an older
brother named Carl.
After graduating from a small high school,
Brown went to the Universiry of Kentucky,
in part because of the beautiful horse farn1s
With her Phil Donahue teaching style, faculty chair Jane Brown hasfound that home is UNC
IN THE SUMMER of1977, the pixieish young journalism professor arrived in Chapel Hill to teach and instantly fell
in love with the place. "I thought, 'Oh
shoot, this is where I want to spend the rest
of my life, and I'm already here,'" she said.
Now 44, Jane Delano Brown is in her
18th year as a professor in UNC's School
ofJournalism and Mass Communication.
Last April the Universiry faculry elected
her to be their leader and chief spokesper-
son, making her the second woman to
hold the prestigious post.
Brown's collaborative philosophy guides her teaching
as well as her leadership style. "None of us is as smart
us," she says.
nearby. "The story I tell-I think it's pretry
close to the truth-is that it was the only new
college guide my counselor had," she said.
She majored in journalism, which
her blood-her mother's father owned and
on Long Island,
N. Y., where her mother had been a
reporter. At Kentucky, Brown was a
reporter for and later managing editor of
the student newspaper,
The Kentucky Kernel,
but she became disillusioned with daily
journalism (ironically, her beat had been the
faculry council). Instead she became interested
social science research after doing a
semester-long independent study on family
communication patterns and how men and
women learn to speak differently.
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