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Alcorn President receives 2011 Excellence in Education Award from Penn State

Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, 18th president of Alcorn State University, has been recognized with the 2011 Excellence in Education Award (the highest honor bestowed on alumni) by The Pennsylvania State University College of Education Alumni Society. President Brown will receive the award on Friday evening, October 21, during the Alumni Society’s Awards Banquet honoring its distinguished alumni educators.

In choosing President Brown for the honor, the College of Education applauded his, “excellence in leadership and significant contributions to the field of education and related disciplines.”

“President Brown is dedicated to the field of education,” says Alcorn’s Executive Vice President and Provost Samuel L. White. “Our president has empowered and equipped us with the tools necessary to improve teaching, learning and student outcomes. He is an exceptional educational leader dedicated to students and his scholarship.”

“Valuable and meaningful relationships with my peers and students keep me engaged and give me the opportunity to continue to learn and grow. I’m grateful to every individual who has challenged and helped me along life’s journey,” says Dr. Brown. “A special thank you to The Pennsylvania State University College of Education Alumni Society for this esteemed honor.”

Early this year, Dr. Brown received the presidential citation from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated in recognition of his leadership and community service achievements and the Outstanding Accomplishments and Achievements Award from South Carolina State University. Additionally, Dr. Brown was also elected to membership in the United Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction for Scottish Rite Freemasonry and elevated to the order’s highest degree.

President Brown attained his B.S. in elementary education from South Carolina State University and his M.S.Ed. in educational policy and evaluation from the University of Kentucky. He earned a Ph.D. in higher education from The Pennsylvania State University with a cognate in public administration and political science. Dr. Brown has also presented research on six continents and is the author/editor of 15 books and monographs.