The CMHS Alumni Spotlight showcases and recognizes outstanding Cardinal Mooney Alumni for their academic and professional achievements, service to their community, and their continuation of Cardinal Mooney’s tradition of “Sanctity, Scholarship, and Discipline”. With the Alumni Spotlight, we will explore and regularly share the diverse accomplishments of our graduates.
Dr. Richard Brown, Class of 1989
Professional Experience & Honors
Dr. Richard Brown is President/CEO of Brown Strategic Consulting, LLC, where he provides business development services that include telecommunication, network engineering, organizational development, and strategic alignment services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world. He also specializes in delivering network architecture and unified communications solutions for commercial organizations and all major federal agencies and branches of the military.
While providing service to his commercial and government clients, Richard also serves his country as a member of the Maryland Air National Guard working as a Cyber Transport Specialist. Richard’s military awards and medals include the Air Force Commendation Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Achievement Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal.
Dr. Brown is a full-time professor and adjunct professor at several universities. Additionally, he serves as the Associate Campus Dean at Strayer University where he teaches IT, cybersecurity, management, and healthcare courses. He also conducts studies for long-range planning, in conjunction with the Curriculum Committee, and prepares staffing documents.
Richard also works for Arrowpoint Corporation as an IT Program Manager for the Army National Guard Bureau-Chief of Staff Office.
One of Dr. Brown’s proudest moments occurred while working for the US Department of State. As a senior network engineer, he was responsible for the telecommunication designs needed for all the embassies in Europe and Southeast Asia. While conducting an audit, Richard discovered that many of the embassies were paying for telephone services that were no longer in use. This discovery saved the State Department 2.7 million dollars and led to his receiving an Outstanding Achievement Award from Secretary of State, Colin Powell.
In 1999, Richard earned his B. S. in Microbiology from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Continuing his studies there, he earned his M.S. in Management with a concentration in Healthcare Administration in 2004.
Richard proudly earned his PhD. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences, from Walden University, in Minneapolis, MN in 2012. His specialization was Information Systems Management and his dissertation title was “The Impact of Micromessaging on Performance and Productivity in Information Technology Environments.”
Other honors and Awards
Outstanding Doctoral Cohort Leader Award, Walden University, 2013
Sodexo HONOR Network Group Award, Sodexo Headquarters, 2011
Richard’s fondest CMHS memories are from the classroom. Mr. Voitus’ science class was eye-opening and always entertaining. Mr. Voitus would often show the class how chemicals reacted with each other. Richard couldn’t wait to see the outcome of the next experiment! This high school class had a great impact on Richard and exposed him to scientific experimentation and critical thinking. It also led to Richard to originally major in chemistry at Delaware State University. He began as a pre-med student there before deciding to take advantage of the amazing opportunity to play semi-professional basketball in Germany. Richard would return home several years later to complete his under graduate and graduate degrees at the University of Maryland.
Another favorite Mooney teacher was Mr. Roncone. Richard made a “shocking device” in class that he “tested” several times on his younger siblings. No one was harmed, although Richard found himself in some trouble with his mom!
Richard also enjoyed Mr. Williamson’s English classes; Mr. Will’s stories about his experiences in the Intel community influenced Richard’s career in IT.
Finally, Richard fondly remembers lunch period at Mooney, as it gave him a wonderful opportunity to socialize with his peers. He misses the Tuesday and Thursday menu of pasta and those delicious rolls!
Attending Mooney gave Richard the foundation that he needed to succeed after graduation. His education and entire high school career helped him to be confident and focused, and work diligently to achieve every goal that he has set for himself.
Personal Life & Interests
Richard lives in Maryland with his wife Kathleen and two children, Richard III and Kayla. In his free time, Richard enjoys playing and basketball, bowling, and smoking a fine cigar.
Through his fraternal, masonic, and professional organizations, Richard has many opportunities to support his community. He enjoys mentoring youth as well as working professionals. Richard appreciates the chance to council individuals interested in pursuing higher education, particularly those who are interested in earning a PhD.