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Christopher Brown installed as new president of Kentucky State University, to ‘move KSU forward’

M. Christopher Brown was formally installed as 18th president of Kentucky State University Friday.

After taking the oath of office, the new president said, “We will be excellent without excuse.”

He said KSU would allocate its resources based on the recommendations of a new commission on “academic prioritzation and budget alignment.”

Brown also called for the renovation of the university’s facilities — including new housing for up to 400 students — the creation of a new research collection seeded by $5,000 worth of his own resources and the revival of campus life, which he said would help address poor graduation rates.

“Today I accept this charge to move KSU forward, choosing to pursue excellence against the odds,” Brown said at the close of his speech. “We enter to learn, we go out to serve and I say to you, ‘Onward and upward.’ God bless you.”

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