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Alcorn President Dr. Brown Resigns

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Dr. Christopher Brown steps down as Alcorn State University's President Dr. Christopher Brown steps down as Alcorn State University's President
JACKSON, MS - UPDATED 12/19/13 at 10:20 p.m.

The President of Alcorn State University has resigned.

 "I was very shocked and surprised," comments an ASU alumna.

Kim Nailor graduated from ASU in 2003.  She believes Dr. Christopher Brown was an excellent president.

"Dr. Brown came to Alcorn with energy.  That was very impressive.  It’s unfortunate he's leaving," expresses Nailor.

Hank Bounds, the Commissioner of Higher Education, would not discuss why Dr. Brown stepped down, citing it is a personnel matter.  Dr. Brown has served as ASU’s president since 2010.

"He had contributed so much to ASU.  We have received a lot of awards under his leadership," recalls alumna Deidra Jones.

Bounds confirms there is an ongoing investigation into purchases and expenditures at the university.  This investigation has already led to the resignation of two other Alcorn employees.

"We have turned over the information we have so far over to the state auditor and the state ethics commission," explains Bounds.

Dr. Norris Edney has been named the interim President.  Dr. Edney was leading the nursing school in Vicksburg.

"I was to assure the faculty, staff, students and alumni that board is committed to moving quickly to begin search process for next president of Alcorn State University,” adds Bounds.

Dr. Brown will officially step down in January.

Dr. Edney takes on his new role starting tomorrow.
Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown is resigning amid an investigation into university purchasing practices.
The resignation was announced Thursday by Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds.
Bounds says a continuing investigation into purchasing practices has already led to the resignation of two other Alcorn employees.
He says the College Board has turned over its findings to state Auditor Stacey Pickering and the state Ethics Commission. That's an indication that the problems could lead to civil or criminal penalties against those involved.
Brown had led Alcorn State since 2010 and brought national recognition to the 5,000-student university in southwest Mississippi. Alcorn was named the historically black college of the year in 2012, and recruited Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of Medgar Evers, to join its faculty.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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