In ceremonies held in April 2011, UK College of Education alumnus M. Christopher Brown was sworn in as the 18th president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi. At the age of 38, Brown became the youngest president to lead the oldest historically black land-grant in the nation.
Brown, who earned his master’s degree in educational policy studies and evaluation from UK, earned a national reputation for his research and scholarly writing on education policy, governance/administration, and institutional contexts meriting him both the Association for the Study of Higher Education (2001) and American Educational Research Association (2002) early career research awards, as well as the 2007 Philip C. Chinn Book Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education, and the 2008 Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Educator Award.
Before arriving at Alcorn State, Brown served as executive vice president and provost at Fisk University in Nashville and prior to that he was dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also has held positions with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Educational Research Association and the United Negro College Fund.