Dr. Richard Brown, J.D., Ph.D.
Coordinator for Bellarmine’s India Initiative
Before turning to teaching, Dr. Brown worked in the financial and business arena for 25 years where he developed an expertise in regulatory issues, business and marketing analysis, evaluated business investments, and advised on merger and acquisitions. He lived for several years in Sao Paulo, Brazil, successfully implementing marketing and business strategies for U.S. public companies and dealing with international law.
His most recent work focuses on Negotiation Skills Development, Project Management, Conflict Resolution, and Effective Management and Leadership.
He holds a B.S. from the University of Maryland, a Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook University. His dissertation is cataloged by the Harvard/NASA scientific papers archive under the Philosophy of Physics.
Dr. David Paige
Dr. David Paige is an Associate Professor in the Annsley Frazier Thorton School of Education at Bellarmine University. As the Chair of the Ph.D. in Education and Social Change program, Dr. Paige works to deliver to students a unique program centered on the idea of social justice, implementation of change, and the idea that high quality education is key to a more equitable world. Dr. Paige has published extensively on literacy topics in top-level peer-reviewed journals and has presented at numerous national conferences.
Under the sponsorship of Homes of Hope India-US, a non-profit that has worked to enhance the education of marginalized Indian children since 2006, Dr. Paige founded the Thinking Schools Academy in 2012 with the goal of developing instructional capacity in teachers within a district of private, English medium schools operated by the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, a Catholic order of nuns which has worked in India since the turn of the 20th century.
Dr. Melanie-Préjean Sullivan
Dr. Melanie-Préjean Sullivan has been the Director of Campus Ministry at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky since 2000. She is a certified campus minister and has over thirty years of experience teaching, preaching, working with interfaith groups and presenting at regional and national conferences. She has three masters degrees — in history, in educational counseling, and in theological studies. Before becoming a campus minister, she was an archivist, a museum collections manager, a high school humanities teacher and a student development counselor.
Dr. Prejean’s doctorate is from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where she researched the ways in which students discern their future vocations. She is a member of several honor societies, a Jewish-Catholic dialogue class, and she serves as a Trustee of St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology (Catholic). Dr. Prejean is the Regional Representative on the Certification Committee for the Catholic Campus Ministry Association and works with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities on questions of mission and ministry. She has traveled to India three times and is active on the Kerala-Kentucky campus committee to build a strong relationship between India and the university.