Dr. Ellsworth H. Brown received his B.A. in history and English from Hillsdale College, his M.A. in history from WMU in 1967, and his Ph.D. in American and Canadian history from Michigan State University in 1975.
He began a career in public history as director of the Dacotah Prairie Museum in Aberdeen, S.D. Since the 1970s he has been director
and/or president of four major museum, library and archive systems in the U.S.: the
Tennessee State Museum, the Chicago Historical Society, the Carnegie Museums and
Libraries of Pittsburgh, and the Wisconsin State Historical Society. Dr. Brown accepted the latter position in June 2004.
He has served in leadership roles in over 30 museums and related institutions throughout the U.S., including the American Association of Museums and the Smithsonian Institute of Washington, D.C.