Jennifer Gerarda Brown, Law
Jennifer Gerarda Brown, JD
Dean, School of Law
Dean Jennifer Gerarda Brown earned her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1982 and her juris doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1985.
Brown has taught at some of the most prestigious law schools in the country, including Yale, Harvard, Georgetown, Emory and the University of Illinois. She joined the Quinnipiac School of Law faculty in 1994 and became a full-time professor in 1996. In 1997, she was named director of Quinnipiac’s Center on Dispute Resolution and served in that position until being named dean of the law school in 2013.
Brown is co-author of the book, “Straightforward: How to Mobilize Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights,” and has contributed to numerous publications on the topics of marriage equality and the theory and practice of negotiation. She previously served as secretary on the board of directors for Freedom to Marry, the former national bipartisan nonprofit dedicated to winning marriage rights for same-gender couples in the United States.
Mark G. Contreras, Communications
Mark G. Contreras, MBA
Incoming Dean Mark Contreras earned his bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Chicago in 1984 and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1988.
Throughout his career, Contreras has distinguished himself as an innovative and collaborative leader in media. He has overseen high-value assets for several major media companies, and has held a variety of leadership positions, including president and publisher of the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; senior vice president of Pulitzer Inc.; and senior vice president of newspapers for the E.W. Scripps Company.
Between 2011-17, he served as CEO of Calkins Media Incorporated, a media company with print, digital and radio brands throughout Alabama, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Contreras also has been an independent consultant for digital media startups, and has served on the board of directors for several organizations, including as chairman of the Newspaper Association of America (now known as the News Media Association) and as chairman of the American Press Institute, one of the media industry's leading training, development and research institutions.
He was appointed dean of the School of Communications in 2017 and will begin his role in August.