FRANKFORT, KY – Dr. M. Christopher Brown has been elected to serve as Kentucky State University’s 15th President announced by Dr. Karen Bearden, Chair of the University’s Board of Regents on Monday.
Dr. Brown has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Education from the University of Kentucky, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University. Dr. Brown is currently the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Southern University and A&M System.Prior to accepting the KSU presidency, Dr. Brown served as President and Institutional Executive Officer at Alcorn State University. He has served in other executive and academic roles at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Alcorn State University, Fisk University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and the United Negro College Fund.

According to the HBCU Digest, a HBCU media source, during Dr. Brown tenure at Alcorn State University the university earned accolades for HBCU of the Year and HBCU President of the Year in 2012 and 2013, 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.

“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,” said Karen Bearden, Chair of KSU Board of Regents. “His selection comes at the conclusion of a spirited national search that included input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community supports. Dr. Brown is the right leader to bring of these groups together and set KSU on a path toward continued greatness.”

Dr. Brown will replace Dr. Aaron Thompson, who has served KSU’s interim president since May 2016.

“I am profoundly honored to be named president of Kentucky State University, a revered and important higher education institution that has blazed trails in academia, equality, and higher learning since its founding in 1886,” said Dr. Brown. “KSU has a dedicated faculty, staff, and student body, and I know that we will forge deep, respectful relationships that will fuel great partnerships to benefit and promote this esteemed institution.”

Kentucky State University will host meetings and receptions with faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, civic and business leaders, and lawmakers to introduce Dr. Brown to stakeholders within the KSU community.

“This support and input is vital to KSU’s successful transition but it won’t be a one-time situation,” said Dr. Brown. “I believe an ongoing inclusive, collaborative approach fosters a healthy and robust atmosphere where the positive exchange of ideas reaps real results.”

HCF stands with the Kentucky State University community in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Brown as the new president.

“It is very delighted to learn about the appointment of Dr. M. Christopher Brown as the new president of Kentucky State University. With a fine list of experience and credentials, Dr. Brown will steer KSU to illustriousness and the students to greater achievement and academic excellence. KSU is an illustrious HBCU institution that needs a secure leader who will and can build its institution forward through relationships with private sectors, companies and individuals who will continue to invest and sustain its historic serving as an HBCU in producing the leaders of the next generations to follow.” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., president and founder of HBCU Campaign Fund.



Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 2,000 students. For more information about Kentucky State University and their educational programs, visit




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