Dr. Luvelle Brown Must Step Down
Dr. Luvelle Brown Must Step Down
CONTENT WARNING: This petition, the information discussed here, and the documents linked here, all deal with abuses of power, child abuse, and at times descriptions of child abuse.
Dr. Luvelle Brown is the superintendent of the Ithaca City School District and a member of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees. He currently co-chairs the Ithaca College Board of Trustees Academic & Student Affairs committee and also serves on the Governance & Compensation/Assessment committee.
In February of 2020, Dr. Luvelle Brown’s child was taken to the emergency room for injuries that were inflicted by Dr. Luvelle Brown. Several witnesses saw this incident. The medical report includes a detailed description of the injuries in the victim’s own words. Approximately three weeks later a judge awarded custody of the two children to their mother, Ms. Brown, and Dr. Luvelle Brown was given minimal visitation.
Despite a directive issued by Judge Hayden in early 2020, stipulating that Dr. Luvelle Brown should have no contact with the children during school hours, Dr. Luvelle Brown used the Ithaca City School District Google classroom account to create a fake classroom that would allow him to meet with his children.
On top of this, Dr. Luvelle Brown has a history of unethical conflicts of interest through his hiring practices while Ithaca City School District Superintendent (2011-present). Erica Keuffer served as the paralegal and office manager for the Children’s Law Guardian, appointed to serve as a neutral agent by the courts to supervise the welfare and best interests of the Brown children. She was also tasked with offering the court advice as to their best custodial arrangements during Dr. Brown’s separation and divorce proceedings. In 2015, Dr. Luvelle Brown hired Erica Keuffer as his Administrative Assistant directly out of her position as paralegal and neutral agent for the Brown children. Erica Keuffer has also admitted, under oath, to engaging in a romantic relationship with Dr. Luvelle Brown shortly after she was employed as his Administrative Assistant. This is a clear conflict of interest and speaks to Dr. Luvelle Brown’s lack of judgment.
Dr. Luvelle Brown has served on the Ithaca College Board of Trustees since 2018. There has been ample time for the Board to ask Dr. Luvelle Brown to step down from his position as Trustee and Co-Chair of the Academics & Student Affairs Subcommittee. There is substantial evidence that Dr. Luvelle Brown does not meet “Qualifications for Active Membership,” listed in the Ithaca College Board of Trustees Bylaws and the Statement of Commitment and Responsibilities of the Members of the Board of Trustees of Ithaca College.
Dr. Luvelle Brown’s connections in the community, including those in administrative positions at Ithaca College, have served to silence those who have spoken out against his instances of abuse. Women in our community have been asked to concede that this behavior is simply a “family matter” and should go without punishment in the public sphere. It is disgraceful to normalize Dr. Luvelle Brown’s behavior and not hold him accountable for the ways in which his behavior has disrupted both his family and the lives of numerous members of our community.
The Ithaca College Board of Trustees continues to enable individuals with a history of abuse and has routinely put these individuals in positions of power at our institution. Whether they be presidents, members of the board, or students committing abuses, the college has a pattern of protecting abusers rather than survivors of said abuse. If those in power at this institution fail to address the abuses committed by Dr. Luvelle Brown, it sends the message that abuse is acceptable at any level. Now is the time for it to end. Sign this petition and demand that Dr. Luvelle Brown step down from the Board of Trustees. In order to finally protect survivors instead of their abusers, Ithaca College must take steps to hold him accountable and end the culture of abuse the college has been perpetuating.