Family heritage and Shocker son inspired Britt Brown to establish a scholarship

Britt and Ruse Brown

Britt Brown and his son, Ruse, who was the inspiration for Brown’s $100,000 gift to establish the Britt M. Brown Scholarship in Business at Wichita State.

Britt Brown gets his drive from what’s important to him — family and God. He’s proud of his family heritage. His great, great grandfather was Marshall M. Murdock, founder of The Wichita Eagle in 1872, and his father, Harry Britton Brown Jr., owned the Wichita Eagle and Beacon for 32 years. But his ‘family’ also includes Wichita State University. So Brown continued to build upon his heritage by establishing the Britt M. Brown Scholarship in Business with a contribution of $100,000 to the WSU Foundation.

A 1974 cum laude alumnus, Brown received a Bachelor of Business Administration after immersing himself in the university experience. He participated in the Administrative Managerial Society, Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.

His family pride swelled when his son, Ruse, becamea Shocker, too, and graduated in 2007.

“I watched him grow and saw what he could achieve,” said Brown. “I knew that others could do wonderful things.”

Ruse became Brown’s inspiration for the gift and its intent.

“I created the scholarship to give financially challenged students a chance to live up to their potential and excel in business,” said Brown.

“I created the scholarship to give financially challenged students a chance to live up to their potential and excel in business.”

Britt Brown '74

Ruse, a financial advisor, now works alongside Brown, senior vice president of investments at UBS Financial Services. Barron’s magazine recognized Britt Brown’s exceptional business and leadership skills, naming him one of America’s Top 1,000 Financial Advisors in 2012.

Terre Johnson, WSU Foundation vice president for major gifts, had been working with Brown to insure the gift met with Brown’s vision.

“It’s a gift that demonstrates his passion for business and student education,” said Johnson.

“Normally, we stay in the background,” said Brown, “but Terre (Johnson) explained that by telling our story, others might join in and create a bigger impact for WSU. I hope that happens.”

If you would like to make an impact on WSU, too, please contact Terre Johnson, WSU Foundation vice president for major gifts, at (316) 978-3808 or terre.johnson@wichita.edu.
 
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