UPDATE POSTED 8 p.m. SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2021
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WTVQ) — Kentucky State College’s board of regents has known as a particular assembly to handle monetary issues because the traditionally Black faculty prepares for a $50 million campus undertaking.
The regents known as a particular assembly for Tuesday to rent an out of doors auditor to “overview the present monetary standing of Kentucky State College,” in response to the board’s agenda.
As WTVQ ABC 36 Information first reported Friday, some regents have reached out to Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration concerning the issues.
Administration officers have been involved with regents and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Training to assemble extra details about the problems they’ve raised,” Beshear’s workplace stated in an announcement.
The college is about to maneuver forward with a debt-financed, 400-bed dormitory and eating corridor permitted by the Kentucky legislature.
College President M. Christopher Brown lately requested the board to approve a brand new line of credit score authorization. KSU’s annual standing line of credit score final yr was raised to $5 million as a “precaution,” in response to faculty monetary officers.
The college has additionally been combating a half-dozen lawsuits this yr alleging varied acts of misconduct by its leaders, together with Brown
ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 5 P.M. FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2021
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, the president of Kentucky State College, is beneath scrutiny after a number of regents have raised questions on his monetary administration.
A few of these points had been introduced up throughout an govt session of the board of regents Monday, July 12, however nothing was stated publicly.
One other assembly of the board is claimed to be scheduled for Tuesday morning, however it has not been introduced or posted on the college’s website online. Not less than one regent stated they anticipated Brown to resign at that assembly.
Brown couldn’t be reached late Friday for remark or response.
Council for Postsecondary Training President Aaron Thompson didn’t reply Friday to an e-mail request for touch upon the problems. The CPE oversees Kentucky State and the state’s different schools and universities.
However Gov. Andy Beshear’s workplace acknowledged points have been raised.
“A number of regents lately reached out to the administration with issues associated to Kentucky State College. Administration officers have been involved with regents and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Training to assemble extra details about the problems they’ve raised,” Crystal Staley, the governor’s spokesperson stated in an e-mail late Friday.
Some regents, talking off-the-record to WTVQ ABC 36 Information, stated the problems middle across the college’s monetary situation, which one described as “broke” and one other described as “within the crimson.” It’s of specific concern because the college lately has made monetary commitments, together with bonds, for a brand new dorm, they stated.
One additionally stated the college was utilizing federal funds to pay salaries improperly.
“Our chief monetary officer, Doug Allen lately left after we made a bond settlement for a brand new costly dorm once we had no funds. The entire individuals in accounting and budgeting are leaving. They’ve been operating, making an attempt to cease our bond settlement for the brand new dorm,” one board member stated in an e-mail.
In keeping with his KSU biography, Brown started his tenure as Kentucky State College’s 18th president Might 15, 2017.
He has a Ph.D. in increased training from The Pennsylvania State College, an M.S. in training from the College of Kentucky, and a B.S. in elementary training from South Carolina State College.
Previous to accepting the Kentucky State presidency, Brown served as the chief vp for educational affairs and provost at Southern College and A&M System. He additionally beforehand served as president and institutional govt officer at Alcorn State College.
He has served in different govt and tutorial roles on the American Affiliation of State Schools and Universities, Alcorn State College, Fisk College, College of Nevada at Las Vegas, the American Affiliation of Schools of Instructor Training and the United Negro School Fund, in response to his bio.
He additionally bumped into some monetary questions at Alcorn State, the place he took over as president in 2010 and was lauded for early progress, together with rising the college’s enrollment.
In October 2012, months after Alcorn, a traditionally black faculty like KSU, was named ‘HBCU of the 12 months’ by the Heart for HBCU Media Advocacy, Brown was given a contract extension by the state. In 2013, he was named HBCU Male President of the 12 months by the Heart for HBCU Media Advocacy, in response to Wikipedia and quite a lot of media sources because the time.
However that very same yr, he resigned from Alcorn State College following allegations of improper procurement practices for campus occasion contracts and facility renovations. State increased training and legislation enforcement officers by no means revealed direct connections of wrongdoing to Brown’s contract authorizations and no felony expenses or civil penalties ever had been introduced towards college workers, in response to media stories on the time.