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M. Christopher Brown II Establishes Endowment for Higher Education

M. Christopher Brown II Establishes Endowment in the College of Education for Higher Education Program

Chris BrownIn an effort to give back to the program that has had immeasurable influence on his career, M. Christopher Brown II, ’97 Ph.D. HI ED , has pledged $25,000 to create the M. Christopher Brown II Endowment for Higher Education in the College of Education. The endowment supports graduate students with funds to enhance their learning and research opportunities.

“My hope is that this small gift can be used to improve the student experience in the nation’s leading higher education program,” he said.

Dr. Brown also has pledged his commitment by naming Penn State as a beneficiary in his estate plans.

“As the president of a university, Dr. Brown has first-hand knowledge of the power of private philanthropy to facilitate the pursuit of excellence,” says Dean David H. Monk of the College of Education. “We are very grateful for Dr. Brown’s loyal support of his alma mater and look forward to putting the resources he has entrusted to our care to work.”

Dr. Brown’s gift is helping further the goals set forth in our For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students. The University is engaging Penn State’s alumni and friends as partners in achieving six key objectives: ensuring student access and opportunity, enhancing honors education, enriching the student experience, building faculty strength and capacity, fostering discovery and creativity, and sustaining the University’s tradition of quality. The For the Future campaign is the most ambitious effort of its kind in Penn State’s history, with the goal of securing $2 billion by 2014.

Dr. Brown received his doctorate degree in higher education from Penn State in 1997 and was very active during his time on campus. He was a member of several organizations, including the Commission on Undergraduate Education, the Higher Education Student Association (HESA), and the Forum on Black Affairs (FOBA). He also held the position of program coordinator for the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP).

In his professional career, Dr. Brown has served as a professor, researcher, and faculty member at several major universities across the country, including Penn State. He also held executive management positions in national professional associations and non-profits. He has worked on over 15 funded grant projects and given more than 200 academic lectures, addresses, and presentations at various schools, colleges, and assemblies. He also has contributed his writing to hundreds of scholarly publications including books, refereed journals, and encyclopedias. He currently serves as president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi.

The College of Education’s Alumni Society Board recognized Dr. Brown in 2000 with its Leadership and Service Award, and again in 2011 with the Excellence in Education Award. In addition, he was a member of the 2005 inaugural class of the Penn State Alumni Achievement Award.

--By Kate Emmick (July 2012)