War Eagle Words Student News


August 2016


Brian BrownMeet Brian Brown, the student services coordinator for the horticulture department. Brown is from the small town of Oakman, Alabama. He has always been interested in design, and he thought his career path would be in architecture or industrial design. However, he finally chose landscape horticulture, and it is a decision he has never regretted. He graduated from Bevill State Community College with an associate degree in industrial electronics, and then graduated from Auburn in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. He graduated from Auburn again with his masters in horticulture in 2005 and is currently a doctoral candidate in horticulture. Outside of work, Brown enjoys a wide range of activities including going to dinner with friends, going to church, traveling, woodworking, taking pictures, watching movies, attending Auburn athletic events and anything related to building.

What drew you to Auburn University and the College of Agriculture?

When I decided that architecture and industrial design wasn’t going to work out, I still had the desire to design, so I came into horticulture to become a landscape designer.  I felt at home and part of the family in horticulture and I am still here!

What advice do you have for students looking at Auburn University and the College of Agriculture?

Don’t overlook the many career opportunities that agriculture can provide.  Many people discount agriculture because they have no idea what kinds of jobs are available to them.   

What is the most rewarding part of your job as the horticulture student services coordinator?

The most rewarding part of my job is seeing students graduate and become successful in their careers.  I love visiting with former students at trade shows or at their workplace and checking in on them.  I always tell our students that we as a department will only be successful if they are successful.  Many use graduation rates, numbers of students, and other metrics to measure success, but when we are helping place students in a great job, we feel like we’ve done ours. 

What is your favorite Auburn tradition? What has been your most exciting moment here at Auburn?

My favorite Auburn tradition is tailgating and going to football games with my friends.