Alcorn President keynotes Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities conference, Elected to Board of Directors

Lorman, Miss. (November 15, 2013) – Alcorn State University’s 18th President M. Christopher Brown II keynoted the Council of Presidents Luncheon at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) annual conference held November 10-12, 2013, in Washington, D.C. that was attended by more than 1,400 participants. Dr. Brown spoke on “The Limits of Affirmative Action in Higher Education: Advancing Access and Equity on Campus” and provided insights on protecting campus diversity while ensuring access for all potential students.

President Brown was also elected to the APLU Board of Directors during the annual business meeting of the conference and awarded the organization’s Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to increasing diversity and access in the higher education community.

While receiving the award, President Brown acknowledged the importance of APLU’s work as the nation’s oldest higher education association and commended the Alcorn community for its continued impact and dedication to educational access, inclusion and equality.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization representing 219 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and related organizations. Founded in 1887, APLU has member institutions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories. Annually, member campuses enroll more than 3.8 million undergraduates and 1.2 million graduate students, award over 1 million degrees, employ nearly 1 million faculty and staff, and conduct more than $37 billion in university-based research. APLU’s members include state universities, land-grant universities, state-university systems and related organizations.

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Alcorn State University is a premier comprehensive land-grant university that develops diverse students into globally competitive leaders, and applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships that benefit the surrounding communities, state, nation, and world.