M. Christopher Brown II

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University of Kentucky
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M. Christopher Brown II is the current president of Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky and past president of Alcorn State University.

About M. Christopher Brown II

M. Christopher Brown II is the 18th president of Kentucky State University, the second oldest state-supported institution of higher learning in Kentucky. He previously served as president of the nation’s first historically black land-grant institution, Alcorn State University, and was the inaugural Executive Vice President and Provost of the Southern University System and Southern University flagship campus. He held the same position at Fisk University, where he was also a professor. Prior to this appointment, he served as dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, vice president for Programs and Administration at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, director of Social Justice and Professional Development for the American Educational Research Association, as well as executive director and chief research scientist of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund. Brown has held faculty appointments at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Alcorn State University Presidency

Brown was named president of Alcorn State University in November 2010. In three years with the university, Brown was regarded for efforts to increase enrollment at the historically black college, which grew to more than 4,000 for the first time in the school’s history in 2011. In October 2012, months after Alcorn was named ‘HBCU of the Year’ by the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy, Brown accepted a unanimous four-year extension of his contract from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees.

In September 2012, Brown hired Jay Hopson as the first white head football coach in the history of Alcorn State, and the Southwestern Athletic Conference. In 2014, Hopson and the Braves won the school’s first SWAC conference football championship in 20 years.

In 2013, under Brown’s leadership, Alcorn State University unveiled a statue of civil rights activist and ASU alumnus Medgar Evers, the largest of its kind in the world. That same year, Brown was named HBCU Male President of the Year by the Center for HBCU Media Advocacy.

Brown resigned from Alcorn State University in 2013 following allegations of improper procurement practices for campus event contracts and facility renovations by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. State higher education and law enforcement officials never published direct connections of wrongdoing to Brown’s authorization of contracts, and did not file charges against or require reimbursement from any current or former employees.

Administrative Experience and Achievements

  • Senior Fellow, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
  • Executive Director and Chief Research Scientist, Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute, The College Fund/UNCF
  • Director of Social Justice and Professional Development, American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Vice President for Programs and Administration, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)

Selected Honors and Awards

  • African American Image Award, Phi Beta Sigma fraternity (2013)
  • Male HBCU President of the Year, Center for HBCU Media Advocacy (2013)
  • Man of the Year Leadership Award, Krewe of the Natchez Indians (2013)
  • Earl Willard Banks, Sr. Award, Robinson-Watson Book Company(2012)
  • PSU Excellence in Education Award, The Highest Distinction bestowed by The PSU College of Education Alumni Society (2011)
  • PSU Alumni Achievement Award (2005)
  • AERA-CSCE Early Career Contribution Award (2002)
  • The 100 Black Men of Charleston Image Award (2002)
  • ASHE Promising Scholar/Early Career Award (2001)
  • AT&T Technology Fellow (2001)
  • PSU-COE Alumni Leadership and Service Award (2000)
  • UIUC Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent (2000–2001)
  • UIUC Bureau of Educational Research Faculty Fellow (1999–2001)
  • PSU College of Education Drexel Award (1997)
  • AERA/Spencer Fellow (1996–1997)
  • Robert W. Graham Endowed Fellow (1994–1996)
  • Southwest Center Student Leadership Development Scholar (1994–1995)
  • Herbert Bailey Graduate Fellow (1994)
  • Lyman T. Johnson Fellow (1993–1994)
  • National Collegiate Education Award (1993)}
  • Outstanding Young Man of America (1992)
  • University of Mississippi Summer Research Fellow (1991)
  • University of Arizona Summer Research Fellow (1990)