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M. Christopher Brown II

M. Christopher Brown II

Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, president of Kentucky State University, discusses his vision for the historically black college and improving retention and graduation rates.
S14 E10 Length 28:02 Premiere: 11.9.18

Kentucky State University President M. Christopher Brown II

When M. Christopher Brown II became the 18th president of Kentucky State University, he knew the job would be a challenge.

In recent years the land grant, historically black college in Frankfort accrued a $7 million deficit, endured declining enrollments and graduation rates, and dropped 645 students for unpaid bills. With state budget cuts to higher education, KSU even faced the possibility of closing its doors.

Brown, who became president in 2017, says he hopes to lead a renaissance at the school.

“Kentucky State’s an exceptional institution,” says Brown. “One hundred and thirty-two years of history and progress, but the last decade has not been the kindest for us for lots of reasons, and so this is an opportunity to revitalize.”

Brown appeared on KET’s Connections to discuss his plans for the school, efforts to improve student retention and graduation rates, and state funding concerns.

The KSU post actually marks Brown’s return to the commonwealth. The South Carolina native and former elementary school teacher got his master’s degree in education at the University of Kentucky. He says he arrived in Lexington by Greyhound bus and carting all of his belongings in 11 boxes.

“I lived in a one-room efficiency off of Versailles Road and had a wonderful time at UK,” Brown says.

After earning a doctorate degree at Pennsylvania State University, Brown served as president of Alcorn State University in Mississippi and provost at Southern University and A&M College System in Louisiana. He has also held executive positions at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the United Negro College Fund.

One of the problems that Brown says he found upon his arrival at KSU was that the school lacked a clear path to success.

“There’s scripture that says ‘Write the vision, make it plain, that he that readeth it may run,"” says Brown, who is also an ordained Baptist minister. “So I think we may have been asking people to run without having a written vision of where they were going… but now we’ve got a good roadmap.”

Addressing Student Retention
The first step, says Brown, is to recruit students who want a college degree and are academically prepared to attain one. He says in the past, KSU accepted students who had one of those factors and not enough young people who had both. Once those students are on campus, he says KSU must be equipped to help them graduate in four years and prepare them for gainful employment in today’s job marketplace.

“Four-year institutions are relatively expensive for the average family, and I don’t want to waste anyone’s money,” Brown says. “[I want] to make sure that their learner, their son, daughter, niece, nephew has a positive and successful experience, and graduates on time.”

In the past, KSU’s four-year graduation rate was as low as 6 percent, according to Brown. This year, he says he hopes that it will be at least 20 percent. Ultimately he’d like to see the school’s four- and six-year graduation rates rise to at least 70 percent.

Brown says research shows that students who leave KSU don’t drop out of college altogether, but go to other institutions and complete their degrees. He says that shows that KSU needs to improve the student experience for its enrollees.

“We’ve changed campus climate and culture to make the students want to stay,” he says. But he adds there are “still miles to go before we sleep.”

On the academic side, Brown says KSU needs to offer better cooperative and internship opportunities so students can get more on-the-job experience. As for the campus environment, Brown has plans for a new academic quadrangle as well as a clock and bell tower in front of its main library. He also hopes to put a new sculpture at the campus entrance and build new residence halls.

“When I went to college as a freshman, I went down the hall to a community shower,” says Brown. “No student is preferencing that now… They want the suites, they want the flat screens.”

To fund these projects, Brown hopes to increase charitable giving to the school and promote public-private partnerships for some campus operations like dining services and security. He also wants to boost public confidence in KSU as an institution so that more businesses will be inspired to partner with the school.

“Having more people have a vested interest in the success and the entrepreneurial profitability of the campus leads to better outcomes,” Brown says.

State Funding Concerns
Like Kentucky’s other public universities, KSU has endured dramatic cuts in recent years to the funding it receives from state government. Brown says the school is also struggling under the new performance-based funding model.

Adopted by the General Assembly in 2017, performance-based or outcomes-based funding allocates state dollars to colleges and universities based on the institution’s performance relating to key metrics of student success, course completion, and campus operations.

“I have no problems with performance funding or accountability metrics,” says Brown. “When institutions are given clear intentions on expectations and outcomes, they work to meet those, and I love an environment where that was the case.”

But most states that have performance-based funding apply the model to increases in higher education appropriations. Kentucky is applying the formula to all state funding for public universities and community colleges.

“It’s really not a performance system we’re operating. We’re operating an equilibrium redistribution system” says Brown. “That’s a little challenging, but it’s the reality in which we have to live.”

This year, KSU ranked sixth out of the eight public institutions on performance measures, according to Brown. But he says KSU got no money, while the schools in the seventh and eighth positions got millions. Over the long term, Brown fears KSU’s revitalization efforts could be hurt without changes to the funding formula.

“If we’re not careful, the progress that we have made shifting and turning the corner can be undone by an erosion of the base funding,” he says.

Promoting Student Diversity
Historically black colleges and universities were founded before the 1964 Civil Rights Act to primarily serve African American students. Brown says some HBCUs like Morehouse College in Atlanta are nearly 100 percent black, while other schools like West Virginia State University are 87 percent white.

KSU now has a near 50-50 split between students, faculty, and staff of color and those who are not. Brown says exposing students to that kind of diversity will benefit them later in their careers.

“Our students live in classrooms on a daily basis and residence halls that really prepare them for life in a global workplace,” he says.

This year Kentuckians comprise just over 70 percent of the student population at KSU. That’s up from previous years when the school attracted more students from larger urban areas in other states. Brown says KSU has a responsibility to serve students from all parts of the commonwealth, but he admits that demographic shifts make that a challenge.

“Kentucky is one of the five lowest birth-rate states in our nation,” Brown says. “Fewer children means fewer high school graduates. Fewer high school graduates means fewer college-age eligible students.”

So KSU has plans to reach beyond the traditional 18 to 24 year-olds to boost enrollment. Brown says the school will launch a “completer program” in 2019 to encourage those who dropped out of college to return to KSU and finish their degrees. The program will target adults who earned at least 90 credit hours before leaving school. Brown says those returning students will be able to earn up to nine credit hours for professional work experience.

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Gary Tuggle - S11 E40

Renee's guest is Gary Tuggle, special agent in charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Philadelphia Division. With over 30 years of law enforcement experience, Tuggle, a Baltimore native, began his law enforcement career as a Baltimore City police officer. Renee catches up with him in his hometown to talk about the portals of heroin into the U.S., the DEA's new strategy in addressing heroin trafficking and use, and the rise of the highly-potent opioid fentanyl that's claiming more lives and endangering law enforcement. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Dominique Wilkins - S11 E41

Renee speaks with former NBA standout Dominique Wilkins about his storied career and his current mission to help combat the nation's diabetes epidemic.

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Tameka Montgomery - S11 E42

Renee speaks with Tameka Montgomery, who was appointed in 2013 by President Obama to lead the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In her capacity as Associate Administrator, she is charged with driving programs and policies that support national entrepreneurial training and education programs.

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Phil Wilkins - S11 E43

Renee's guest is businessman and entrepreneur Phil Wilkins, who owns Dream Big Restaurants LLC. He discusses his approach to entrepreneurship and how self-confidence is at the core of his success as a businessman.

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FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf - S12 E2

Dr. Robert Califf, the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), talks about the FDA's new response to drug addiction unveiled earlier this year, resulting in efforts to expand the availability of overdose reversal drugs. Renee spoke with Dr. Califf during his recent listening tour at the Pikeville Medical Center, where he heard from frontline healthcare workers and policy makers battling and treating addiction. Part of KET's ongoing Inside Opioid Addiction initiative funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Mitzi Sinnott - S12 E3

Mitzi Sinnott, award-winning playwright and actor, talks about her critically acclaimed one-woman play Snapshot and shares her experience of growing up as the biracial daughter of a black father and white mother from Central Appalachia. Sinnott uses her art to spark conversations about the legacy of race, class, and violence in America.

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David Thompson - S12 E11

Renee speaks with David Thompson, vice president of public policy for the National Council of Nonprofits. They discuss how a new administration will affect nonprofit organizations.

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Cory Jewell Jensen - S12 E18

Renee speaks with Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S., who directs the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon. She has spent nearly 30 years working with and interviewing sex offenders. Jensen is using those candid conversations with child molesters to train law enforcement, child abuse prevention groups, and others.

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Kentucky Authors - Prisha Hedau; Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard

In honor of Women’s History Month, Renee Shaw talks to Kentucky student and author Prisha Hedau, who published her book PANDEMIC 2020 last fall, written when she was just 9-years-old. Next, former social studies teachers Carly Muetterties and Maddie Shepard talk about their book Bluegrass Bold: Stories of Kentucky Women for use in Kentucky classrooms. The book highlights the contributions of more than 30 Kentucky women.

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Patricia Peacock - S12 E30

Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men say they experienced sexual trauma while in the military. Renee speaks with Dr. Patricia Peacock, military sexual trauma coordinator at the Lexington VA Medical Center and a licensed clinical social worker, about programs that are helping veterans with military sexual trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Leadership - Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams; Colene Elridge - S12 E38

What does it take to be a good leader? Renee speaks with Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams, the creators of the High Impact Leadership Project that helps people build their leadership prowess. Then, life coach Colene Elridge discusses her workplace trainings on communication, generational understanding, empowering women in leadership roles, and self-care.

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Walter Gilliam - S12 E40

Renee's guest is Pikeville, Kentucky native Walter Gilliam, director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and associate professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Gilliam has done extensive research in early childhood education and intervention policy analysis and talks about his research on implicit bias among preschool educators. He was a keynote speaker at Kentucky's 2017 Early Childhood Institute conference in Louisville.

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Kayla Rae Whitaker - S12 E41

Renee's guest is Mt. Sterling native and author Kayla Rae Whitaker, one of the writers featured at the 2017 Kentucky Women Writers Conference at the University of Kentucky. Whitaker's debut novel, The Animators, explores the complexities of female friendships, self-identity, and success in the male-dominated field of animation.

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Sec. Vickie Yates Brown Glisson - S12 E44

Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, talks about Governor Bevin's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, how the cabinet is responding to the opioid addiction crisis, and recruiting and retaining social workers.

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U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

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Cynthia Knapek

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Dr. Erin Frazier - S11 E27

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Crystal Wilkinson - S11 E26

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes - S11 E25

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Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention - S11 E24

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A Tribute to Georgia Davis Powers - S11 E18

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Vaccine Equity and Hesitancy

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Andrew Brennen - S11 E17

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Anthony Smith - S11 E16

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Wayne Lewis - S11 E15

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Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear - S11 E11

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Miss Kentucky Clark Davis - S11 E10

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State Treasurer Allison Ball; Sharon Price

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Ari Berman - S11 E9

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Allison Joseph - S11 E8

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Dorothy Butler Gilliam - S11 E7

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Jacinda Townsend - S11 E6

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Kellie Blair Hardt - S11 E5

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Chef and Activist Dan Wu

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Childhood Cancer - S11 E4

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The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia - Gerald Smith - S11 E3

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Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk - S11 E2

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Kinship Care - S10 E46

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Faith Politics - S10 E45

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EKU Criminal Justice Professor Pete Kraska

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Season 14 Episodes

The 'I Was Here' Project

S14 E36 Length 27:42 Premiere Date 8.4.19

Mike Runyon and Sherita Miller; Wendy Kobler

S14 E35 Length 26:57 Premiere Date 7.28.19

Filmmaker Lynn Novick

S14 E33 Length 28:27 Premiere Date 7.14.19

Brent Hutchinson; Christine Thompson - Education

S14 E32 Length 27:37 Premiere Date 7.7.19

Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton - Youth Mental Health

S14 E31 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 6.2.19

Julie Cerel - Youth Suicide Prevention

S14 E29 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 5.19.19

Dale Suttles - Sunrise Children's Services

S14 E28 Length 27:33 Premiere Date 5.12.19

Education in Rural Eastern Kentucky

S14 E27 Length 28:13 Premiere Date 5.5.19

Joshua A. Douglas - Voting Rights Reform

S14 E25 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 4.21.19

Jay Box - Ky. Community & Technical College System

S14 E24 Length 26:32 Premiere Date 4.14.19

Author and Life Coach Colene Elridge

S14 E23 Length 26:19 Premiere Date 4.7.19

FIRST STEP Act - Criminal Justice Reform

S14 E22 Length 27:44 Premiere Date 3.31.19

Cheryl A. Oldham

S14 E21 Length 26:38 Premiere Date 2.22.19

Linda Hampton - Early Childhood

S14 E20 Length 29:47 Premiere Date 2.15.19

Donald Mason

S14 E19 Length 26:34 Premiere Date 2.8.19

Community Action Council; First 5 Lex

S14 E18 Length 28:53 Premiere Date 2.1.19

Seamus Carey

S14 E17 Length 26:57 Premiere Date 1.25.19

Michael Benson

S14 E16 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 1.18.19

Dr. Aaron Thompson

S14 E14 Length 28:13 Premiere Date 1.11.19

Mary Todd Lincoln and Lincoln Lexington Walking Tour

S14 E13 Length 28:55 Premiere Date 12.14.18

Youth Suicide

S14 E12 Length 29:22 Premiere Date 12.7.18

Jean Schumm and Amanda Gale

S14 E11 Length 28:22 Premiere Date 11.16.18

M. Christopher Brown II

S14 E10 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 11.9.18

Frank Harris

S14 E9 Length 25:17 Premiere Date 11.2.18

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr

S14 E8 Length 29:16 Premiere Date 10.26.18

Amy McGrath

S14 E7 Length 29:02 Premiere Date 10.19.18

Kevin Chapman - Youth Mental Health

S14 E6 Length 28:47 Premiere Date 10.12.18

Carol Cecil; Resa Gonzalez - Youth Mental Health

S14 E5 Length 26:03 Premiere Date 10.5.18

Joe Bargione - Youth Mental Health

S14 E4 Length 28:57 Premiere Date 9.28.18

WKU President Timothy Caboni

S14 E3 Length 28:40 Premiere Date 9.21.18

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi

S14 E1 Length 28:47 Premiere Date 9.14.18

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