Kentucky State University this afternoon announced Southern University System Vice-President and Provost M.
Christopher Brown II as its next president, drawing to a close a contentious year of leadership transition for the state’s flagship historically black land-grant institution. Brown for his record of land grant administration, and vision for student development at the school which has faced recent controversies surrounding its search process, enrollment trends and previous administration’s record for management of its fiscal and personnel affairs. Brown has the experience, credentials, and vision to build upon our strong foundation and lead Kentucky State University and our students to even greater achievement and academic excellence,” said KSU Board Chairwoman Karen Bearden.
“His selection comes at the conclusion of a spirited national search that included input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community supporters. Brown is the right leader to bring all of these groups together and set KSU on a path toward continued greatness.” Dr.
Brown comes to Frankfort after two years at Southern, where the institution recently joined several other HBCUs in a national initiative to train black males for careers in secondary teaching.
He previously served as president of Alcorn State University, a post during which the university earned accolades for HBCU of the Year and Brown HBCU President of the Year in 20, respectively.
The university made historic gains in enrollment, fundraising, faculty and student diversity building and community outreach through its cooperative extension programming in Vicksburg and Natchez. Brown resigned from Alcorn in 2013 following charges from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning of procurement issues involving event contracts and renovations to the university-owned president’s house, but state higher education and law enforcement officials never published direct connections of wrongdoing to Dr.
Brown’s authorization of contracts, and did not file charges against or require reimbursement from any current or former employees.