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Brown named president of Alcorn State University

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From the Institutions of Higher Learning  

JACKSON, MS - The Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning announced Tuesday the unanimous decision to name Dr. Christopher Brown as president of Alcorn State University.

Dr. Brown currently serves as Executive Vice President and Provost of Fisk University in Nashville, TN.

"This is indeed a bright day for Alcorn State University," said C.D. Smith, chair of the Board Search Committee for the Alcorn State University presidential search, an ad hoc committee of the Board of Trustees. "He has the experience, energy and enthusiasm to move Alcorn forward, while building on its rich tradition and history. We expect great things from Dr. Brown."

Prior to joining the staff of Fisk University, Dr. Brown served as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Vice President for Programs and Administration at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher education and Director of Social Justice and Professional Development for the American Educational Research Association.

"I am impressed with Alcorn State University's unique role on the higher education landscape as the first state-sponsored historically black college. I am humbled and honored that the Board of Trustees has selected me for this important role at this important time," said Dr. Christopher Brown. "I look forward to working with each member of the Alcorn family to create an even brighter future for the jewel of Southwest Mississippi."

He is the author of 15 books and monographs, including the most recent, Ebony Towers in Higher Education (2008), The Broken Cisterns of African American Education (2009) and The Case for Affirmative Action on Campus (2009).

Dr. Brown received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from South Carolina State University and a master's degree in educational policy and evaluation from the University of Kentucky. He holds a doctorate in higher education from The Pennsylvania State University with a cognate in public administration and political science.

Before the announcement, Dr. Brown met with campus constituency groups on a visit to the campus in Lorman. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members were able to pose questions to Dr. Brown and share their thoughts and concerns with him. Attendees were able to provide feedback to the Board of Trustees. This feedback was reviewed during the Board Meeting on the Lorman Campus.

Dr. Brown will begin serving as president of Alcorn State University in January.

More about Dr. Brown:

M. Christopher Brown II is the Executive Vice President and Provost at the historic Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., where he holds the rank of university 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 (AERA), as well as Executive Director and Chief Research Scientist of the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund.

Dr. Brown has held faculty appointments at the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dr. Brown earned a national reputation for his research and scholarly writing on education policy, governance, administration and institutional contexts. He is well known for his studies of historically black colleges, educational equity and professorial responsibilities and has lectured and presented research in various countries on six continents, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.

Dr. Brown is the author/editor of 15 books and monographs, including The Quest to Define Collegiate Desegregation (1999), Organization and Governance in Higher Education (2000), Black Sons to Mothers (2000), Equity and Access in Higher Education (2002), Studying Diverse Institutions (2003), Black Colleges (2004), Unique Campus Settings (2004), Achieving Equitable Educational Outcomes with All Students (2005), The Politics of Curricular Change (2005), The Children Hurricane Katrina Left Behind (2007), School Matters (2007), Still Not Equal (2007), Ebony Towers in Higher Education (2008), The Broken Cisterns of African American Education (2009), and The Case for Affirmative Action on Campus (2009). He is the author or co-author of more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and publications related to education and society.

A former member of the South Carolina State University Board of Trustees, Dr. Brown has received numerous honors and awards, including The 100 Black Men of Charleston 2002 Image Award and the 2004 Pennsylvania State University Alumni Achievement Award. He received the 2001 Association for the Study of Higher Education's Promising Scholar/Early Career Award, the 2002 AERA Committee on the Scholars of Color Early Career Contribution Award, the 2007 Philip C. Chinn Book Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education and the 2008 Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Educator Award. His research has been supported by the Lumina Foundation, Spencer Foundation, AT&T Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Sallie Mae Fund, as well as other foundations and corporations.

Dr. Brown received his bachelor's degree in elementary education from South Carolina State University and the master's degree in educational policy and evaluation from the University of Kentucky. He earned a doctorate in higher education from The Pennsylvania State University with a cognate in public administration and political science.

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