Congratulations to the LCCC Class of 2018!
2018 Commencement Video
Keynote Speaker Michael Brown
Michael J. Brown, an alumnus of Lorain County Community College and current president of Barrick USA, is the keynote speaker for LCCC’s 54th Annual Commencement Ceremony today.
Brown, who was named president of Barrick Gold in 2016, attended LCCC from 1976 through 1978. He is a Grafton native who graduated from Midview High School in 1976.
Brown joined Barrick Gold Corporation in 1994 as Vice President of U.S. Public Affairs and rose to become President of Barrick USA, in 2016. Barrick is the world’s largest gold mining company with operations in 12 nations. In the USA, the company has 4,000 employees at mines and projects in Nevada, Montana and Alaska.
A deep believer in lifelong education, Brown began his own education at Lorain County Community College, and then transferred to earn both a Bachelor of Science from the Ohio State University (1981) and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University (1987).
A first-generation college graduate, Michael is proud of his time at LCCC and grateful for the role the college and his education has played in every aspect of his life.
Brown served eight years in the administration of President Ronald Reagan at the U.S. Treasury, and three years on the staff of the Ohio House of Representatives. During his time at Treasury he led the effort to create the American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin, the world’s leading gold investment coin. U.S. Senator Harry Reid later appointed Brown to serve on the U.S. Mint’s Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
Now living in Henderson, NV, Brown is a board member of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Public Education Foundation, Nevada Mining Association, Three Square Food Bank, the Nevada Ballet Theatre, Opportunity Village, and the Council for a Better Nevada. A true advocate for positive change in the community,
he founded the Nevada Corporate Giving Council, which is dedicated to improving the practice of corporate philanthropy in Nevada.
In 2014, Brown served on the Nevada Legislature’s Interim Study Committee on Community Colleges. In 2015, he received the Civitas Laurel award from the Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow. In 2016, the Latin Chamber of Commerce recognized him as a Señor of Distinction.
In 2017, he was a recognized as an Education Hero by the Public Education Foundation of Clark County.
Commencement Media Coverage
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