FRANKFORT, KY – Fisk University alumna and accomplished historian Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D. has been recently announced by Kentucky State University President M. Christopher Brown II as the director of the newly founded Atwood Institute for Race, Education and the Democratic Ideal.

According to a press release by the university, deGregory is the founder and executive editor of HBCUstory, an advocacy initiative supporting the future of the nation’s HBCUs by preserving, presenting, and promoting inspiring stories of their past and present.

During her visit to campus, deGregory acknowledged the importance of “holding aloft the legacy of Rufus Atwood.”

The Institute is named by former Kentucky State President Rufus B. Atwood, who served 33 years and helped to cultivate the school as an accredited land-grant institution.

deGregory says while she is incredibly humbled by the opportunity to join the Kentucky State University family, she is prouder to keep alive the courageous story of Dr. Rufus B. Atwood for future generations.

She also expressed her appreciation to the KSU family; “I sincerely thank each of you for making my campus visit both warm and memorable, and I look forward to hitting the ground running. While tenor of our times is daunting, I remain undaunted by the good and important work ahead.”

deGregory received her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in history from Vanderbilt University. She also holds a Master of Education from Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Fisk University.

Her research interest include black higher education and college student activism, with a specific focus on historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

deGregory takes the helm as the inaugural director of the Institute Sept. 1.

The Atwood Institute will advance research, dialogue and the exploration of the elements of democracy in solving intractable social problems like poverty, race, and geography. Special research emphasis will be placed on Appalachia, the African Diaspora, and migrant communities.

 

About Kentucky State University

Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 2,000 students.

 

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College. He earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. In 2014, he returned to Yale to present the famed Lyman Beecher Lectures. The lectures demonstrated a homiletic blueprint for prophetic preaching in the 21st century and were also the foundation of his latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair, published in 2015.

Dr. Moss was listed on the inaugural Root 100, which a list that “recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions,” according to the publication’s website. As part of his community engagement through Trinity United Church of Christ, Dr. Moss led the team that came up with the “My Life Matters” curriculum; which includes the viral video “Get Home Safety: 10 Rules of Survival,” created in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson, Mo., police.He is married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, Fla, a Spelman College and Columbia University graduate. They are the proud parents of two creative and humorous children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon.

For more information regarding KSU’s commencement, visit their website here.

FRANKFORT, KY – Dr. M. Christopher Brown has been elected to serve as Kentucky State University’s 15th President announced by Dr. Karen Bearden, Chair of the University’s Board of Regents on Monday.
Dr. Brown has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Education from the University of Kentucky, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University. Dr. Brown is currently the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Southern University and A&M System.Prior to accepting the KSU presidency, Dr. Brown served as President and Institutional Executive Officer at Alcorn State University. He has served in other executive and academic roles at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Alcorn State University, Fisk University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and the United Negro College Fund.

According to the HBCU Digest, a HBCU media source, during Dr. Brown tenure at Alcorn State University the university earned accolades for HBCU of the Year and HBCU President of the Year in 2012 and 2013, respectively. The university made historic gains in enrollment, fundraising, faculty and student diversity building and community outreach through its cooperative extension programming in Vicksburg and Natchez.

“The Board of Regents agreed that Dr. Brown has the experience, credentials, and vision to build upon our strong foundation and lead Kentucky State University and our students to even greater achievement and academic excellence,” said Karen Bearden, Chair of KSU Board of Regents. “His selection comes at the conclusion of a spirited national search that included input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community supports. Dr. Brown is the right leader to bring of these groups together and set KSU on a path toward continued greatness.”

Dr. Brown will replace Dr. Aaron Thompson, who has served KSU’s interim president since May 2016.

“I am profoundly honored to be named president of Kentucky State University, a revered and important higher education institution that has blazed trails in academia, equality, and higher learning since its founding in 1886,” said Dr. Brown. “KSU has a dedicated faculty, staff, and student body, and I know that we will forge deep, respectful relationships that will fuel great partnerships to benefit and promote this esteemed institution.”

Kentucky State University will host meetings and receptions with faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, civic and business leaders, and lawmakers to introduce Dr. Brown to stakeholders within the KSU community.

“This support and input is vital to KSU’s successful transition but it won’t be a one-time situation,” said Dr. Brown. “I believe an ongoing inclusive, collaborative approach fosters a healthy and robust atmosphere where the positive exchange of ideas reaps real results.”

HCF stands with the Kentucky State University community in congratulating and welcoming Dr. Brown as the new president.

“It is very delighted to learn about the appointment of Dr. M. Christopher Brown as the new president of Kentucky State University. With a fine list of experience and credentials, Dr. Brown will steer KSU to illustriousness and the students to greater achievement and academic excellence. KSU is an illustrious HBCU institution that needs a secure leader who will and can build its institution forward through relationships with private sectors, companies and individuals who will continue to invest and sustain its historic serving as an HBCU in producing the leaders of the next generations to follow.” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., president and founder of HBCU Campaign Fund.

 

ABOUT KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY

Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 2,000 students. For more information about Kentucky State University and their educational programs, visit www.kysu.edu.

 

 

 

FRANKFORT, KY – The Kentucky State University Board of Regents approved the slate of candidates and announced three finalists for the presidential search on Thursday, February 9, 2017, during a special meeting. The finalist are Dr. M. Christopher Brown, Justice Thomas Colbert, and Dr. Said Sewell. The Board of Regents anticipates making the final selection in March 2017.

Dr. M. Christopher Brown

Dr. M. Christopher Brown has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Education from the University of Kentucky, and a B.S. in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University.

Dr. Brown is currently the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Southern University and A&M System. Previously, he served as President and Institutional Executive Officer at Alcorn State University. He has served in other executive and academic roles at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Alcorn State University, Fisk University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and the United Negro College Fund.

Dr. Brown has served in faculty roles at Southern University and A&M College System, Alcorn State University, Fisk University, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and The Pennsylvania State University.

Justice Thomas Colbert

Justice Thomas Colbert holds a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma School of Law, a M.Ed. from Eastern Kentucky University, and a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Kentucky State University.

Justice Colbert currently serves as the Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He previously served as the Vice Chief Justice. He has held the appointment of Chief Judge in the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.

He is a former Assistant Dean at the School of Law at Marquette University. Justice Colbert also served as a teacher in the Chicago Public School System and in the criminal investigation division of the United States Army.

Justice Colbert has been inducted into the Kentucky State University Athletic Hall of Fame and the HBCU Hall of Fame.

Dr. Said Sewell

Dr. Said Sewell holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University, a M.P.A. in Public Policy from Texas Southern University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Morehouse College.

Dr. Sewell is currently the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lincoln University. He has served in other executive and academic roles at Kent State University and Fort Valley State University.

He has served in faculty roles at Lincoln University, Kent State University, Fort Valley State University, University of Nebraska, University of West Georgia, Albany State University, Morehouse College, and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Sewell has participated in opportunities for professional development at Harvard University, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the University System of Georgia.

You can continue to watch Kentucky State University’s Presidential Search by visiting www.kysu.edu/presidential-search for updates. All inquiries concerning the search, search process, or finalists should be submitted in writing to presidential.search@kysu.edu.

ABOUT KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY

Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University, affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Frankfort, Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year), degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advance practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 2,200 students.

FRANKFORT, KY – Frankfort Independent Schools recently honored Kentucky State University (KSU) and Interim President Dr. Aaron Thompson for their partnership and leadership in the community. Dr. Thompson was presented the TRY award at the January meeting between community members and Frankfort Independent Schools.

Dr. Houston Barber, superintendent of Frankfort Independent Schools, said Thompson was honored for several reasons.

“This award is based on a true dedication to the community and a clear impact on the community, but specifically for student learning and student engagement,” Barber said.

Dr. Thompson and KSU cultivated a partnership between the University and P-12 institutions, developing a P-16 pipeline.

“Dr. Thompson has been instrumental in having a continuous educational system to support students who normally wouldn’t attend a four-year institution,” Barber said.

Another reason for the honor: the University is open for Frankfort Independent School’s students who need further engagement. The Rosenwald Lab, located in the Rosenwald Center for Families and Children, fills that need.

Finally, Barber said Thompson and KSU’s leadership is pivotal in the community.

“In a relatively short period of time, Dr. Thompson has already made his leadership mark on workforce development.” Barber said. “His faculty, staff, along with P-12 educators and industry leaders are designing educational programs that focus on increasing essential skills for all students. Strengthening these skills will have students better equipped to take on work responsibilities as well as leadership rolls.”

These programs lead to a seamless education system, career pathways and associate degrees that lead to four-year degrees. Thompson recently lauded the dual-credit program at KSU and the increase in enrollment in that program during the fall 2016 semester. He emphasized the importance of the dual-credit program and how its success helps both students and the University.

“Kentucky State University is working hand-in-hand with agencies to provide Kentucky students with robust, meaningful programs that are well-connected with industry and with real-world opportunity,” Barber said.

HCF stands to congratulate interim President Dr. Thompson, KSU and the KSU community on this outstanding achievement and recognition given in producing the next leaders of tomorrow!

ABOUT KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY

Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 land grant University affords access to and prepares a diverse populations of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 1,700 students.

FullSizeRenderFRANKFORT, KY – Kentucky State University (KSU) has announced that the university is making college more affordable for students by partnering with Pearson, a New York-based learning company, to offer e-textbooks to all KSU students for a flat fee. While Pearson has agreed to offer a flat fee, KSU has offered to cover the other half by providing a book scholarship to every student, which means the books are free.

“Some traditional textbooks can cost anywhere from $100 to $300 apiece. And the fact is, some students simply cannot afford to buy all the textbooks required for their course load,” said Aaron Thompson, Ph.D., interim president, Kentucky State University. “We want our students to be successful, and numerous studies have shown that if students do not have their books during the first few days of school, their success rate is seriously diminished.”

While many institutions have leveraged digital course materials delivery models at the individual course level, KSU is one of the only two institutions in the country and is the only institution in Kentucky currently working with Pearson to delivery course material digitally college-wide, to undergraduate to graduate level students.

“We want to ensure that all our students have equitable access to required course materials the very first day they walk into the classroom,” said Candice Jackson, Ph.D., acting vice president for Academic Affairs, Kentucky State University. “If a student does not own a computer, not to worry. Students can choose to rent a computer for a small use fee, or the university will offer free computer at convenient locations all over campus which includes, dorm, computer labs and the library.”

Kentucky State University is recognizes that providing comprehensive support both inside and outside the classroom is a key to student success. To provide student with crucial academic and technical support, KSU has created a technical help desk and Smarthinking online tutoring services part of its partnership with Pearson.

“There are some outstanding things happening at Kentucky State University and this is one of them,” said Thompson. “We are thrilled to be able to offer the free electronic textbooks to our students.”

About Kentucky State University

Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University, affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students to compete in a multifaceted, ever-changing global society by providing student-centered learning while integrating teaching, research and service through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Frantfort, Kentucky, KYSU offers associate  (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nuring. KYSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 1,700 students.

For more information about Kentucky State University and in all thing excellence, visit their website at www.kysu.edu or call (502) 597-6000.

Source: http://kysu.edu/2016/08/04/kentucky-state-university-announces-free-e-textbooks-for-students/.

Kentucky State University mourns the loss of Thorobred football player Josh Williams, who died Tuesday during a shooting in Inglewood, Calif. He was 24.thumbnail_FullSizeRender.jpg

The Inglewood resident was known for his hard-hitting style and played at KSU in 2014-2015.

“KSU Athletics is deeply saddened by the loss of its own,” said Directors of Athletics William Head. “Another seneless act of violence silences a potenital voice of leadership. In All Things Excellence. Throrbred down.”

The Athletics Department will provide more information as soon as possible.

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) joins KSU and the Athletic Deparment in sending our heartfelt condolences and prayers to his family.

HCF ask that you will keep Williams familly uplifted and in your thoughts during this difficult time of grieve.

Source: http://kysu.edu/2016/06/15/ksu-thorobred-football-player-josh-williams-24/