Brent Named Earl B. Taylor Professor

Brian Brent, professor, associate dean of graduate studies, and chair of the educational leadership program at Warner, has been named an Earl B. Taylor Professor of Education at the Warner School of Education.

A Warner faculty member since 1997, Brent’s research looks at micro-level fiscal policy issues in p-12 school systems. For Brent, local school finance phenomena are rich areas of study, and underlie many equity and efficiency issues in education.

“Whether our desire is to implement an innovative curriculum or undertake whole-school reforms, all initiatives require that educators secure, allocate, and utilize resources,” explains Brent. “I am hopeful that through my scholarship and teaching I can inform policymakers about ways in which they can perform these necessary tasks in equitable and efficient ways.”

Brent earned his bachelor’s degree in public accounting from Pace University (summa cum laude) and then went to work in New York at a Big Eight accounting firm. From there, he earned a master’s in taxation from Arizona State, and a master’s in educational administration and Ph.D. in philosophical and social foundations of education, both from Cornell University.

Brent’s scholarly work and instruction have received several awards including the Dissertation of the Year from the American Education Finance Association, the New Scholars Award from the United States Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, and the University of Rochester’s Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching. Brent also serves on several editorial boards including the Journal of Education, Leadership and Policy in Schools, and School Business Affairs. He is a former board member of the American Education Finance Association and a current board member of the New York State Education Finance Research Consortium.

Raffaella Borasi, dean of the Warner School, applauds Brent’s appointment. “Brian’s research has real, direct impact for fiscal policy at the local and state level, and operationally for school districts,” says Borasi. “He has been instrumental in reshaping the Warner doctoral programs to best prepare school leaders in an age of accountability around resource allocation and quality decision making.”

The professorship Brent assumes was established in 1948 by the University of Rochester Board of Trustees to honor Earl B. Taylor, a 1912 graduate and professor of education at the University of Rochester from 1928 to 1946. The University’s Taylor Hall is named for him. Previous holders of the Professorship are Henry C. Mills, 1949 to 1955; Byron B. Williams, 1964 to 1967; William A. Fullagar, 1968 to 1980; and most recently Tyll van Geel, 1996 to 2006. Developmental psychologist Lucia French was named an Earl B. Taylor Professor in 2007, and is now joined by Brent.

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