Meet The Chair: Douglas M. Browning, Esq.

Pictured: Board Chair Douglas M. Browning, Esq.Doug Browning is the Principal in DM Browning & Associates LLC, an independent consulting company that provides governments, manufacturers, importers, exporters, and retailers operating at every stage of the global supply chain with the advice, counsel, and consulting services they need to move their goods and services across international borders in an efficient, seamless, and compliant manner to meet the demands of global trade.


In 2016 he rejoined STTAS/STR (Sandler Travis Trade Advisory Services), as an executive vice president for STTAS, overseeing the expansion of STTAS’ trade efficiency, customs automation, modernization, and supply chain security initiatives. He was also Of Counsel to Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg PA, STTAS’ affiliated law firm.


From 2011 through 2015 he served as Global Customs Director for General Motors Corporation. Prior to joining General Motors, he served as the Senior Vice President for Customs and Border Modernization with STTAS (2006-2011) and was the Senior Vice President for Strategic Trade and Supply Chain Solutions with Science Applications International Corporation (2004-2006).


A dedicated civil servant, Mr. Browning served for over 28 years in government service with the U.S. Customs Service and its successor agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). After joining Customs in 1976 as a general attorney, he rose through the ranks to become Assistant Commissioner (International Affairs), a post he held for eight years. In 2002 he was tapped to serve as the agency’s Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer. Among other honors, Mr. Browning is the recipient of two Presidential Rank Awards – Distinguished and Meritorious Executive, the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Treasury Department Meritorious Service Award, Customs Commissioner’s Award, and a member (Chevalier) of the National Order of Merit (Republic of France).


Mr. Browning joined the Board of Trustees in 2013. He has served on numerous committees including as chair of the Academic Affairs/Libraries (AA/L) Committee, vice chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee, and member of the Executive Committee; Athletics Committee; Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee; and Institutional Advancement Committee.


Mr. Browning has been honored by the University on several occasions, including most recently as the Bairel Distinguished Service Alumni Award recipient, Legacy Laureate and 225th Medallion recipient. He chairs the University Honors College Board of Visitors and was a member of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors. Mr. Browning received his BA (Political Science) from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 and his JD from Hofstra University in 1976.