Southern names provost _lowres

M. Christopher Brown is Southern University's new provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Southern University has named former Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Brown resigned from Alcorn State in 2013 as Mississippi higher education leaders considered putting him on administrative leave amid criticism over money spent on upgrades to the on-campus president’s house.

He will be paid $200,000 a year at Southern in the new cabinet position.

The Southern University System Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to the hire at its meeting on Friday.

Southern University System President and Chancellor Ray Belton praised Brown’s experience in announcing the search committee’s decision to hire Brown.

“It stood out among the candidates, and I think the system and the Baton Rouge campus will benefit from his leadership,” Belton said. “This is a very critical role ... I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Brown and continuing our engagement with all the faculty.”

The Southern University board agreed earlier this year to combine its president and Baton Rouge campus chancellor roles. Belton has said the new vice president and provost would help oversee the Baton Rouge campus.

“I am humbled by this honor. I look forward to working with President-Chancellor Belton to help realize his vision for the SU System,” Brown said.

Brown has been a senior fellow in the Division of Academic Leadership and Change for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C.

He previously served as executive vice president and provost at Fisk University in Tennessee and dean of the College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

A South Carolina native, he has degrees from Pennsylvania State University, the University of Kentucky and South Carolina State University.

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