Dr. M. Christopher Brown elected as 15th president of Kentucky State University

By: Cecilia Parrish

Kentucky State University’s Board of Regents has elected Dr. M. Christopher Brown as the university’s 15th president, according to Dr. Karen Bearden, the chair of the Board. Brown will replace Dr. Aaron Thompson, who has served as interim president since May 2016.

After a search spanning months that sparked debate and concern surrounding the three final candidates, Brown, executive vice president for Academic Affairs and provost at Southern University and A&M System and former president and institutional executive officer at Alcorn State University, was selected on March 13.

According to a press release from Kentucky State University, Bearden says, “The Board of Regents agreed that Dr. 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.”

Justice Tom Colbert of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and Dr. Said Sewell, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lincoln University, were amongst the top three finalists with Brown. All three visited the university on separate days during the first week of March and held public forums, where they answered questions posed prior to their visitations.


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