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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown is resigning amid an investigation into university purchasing practices.

On Thursday afternoon, Dr. Hank Bounds announced Brown was stepping down. (Read his entire statement here)

Bounds, the IHL Commissioner, says Brown submitted his letter of resignation, on his own; that he was not asked to do so.

Bounds says a continuing investigation into purchasing practices has already led to the resignation of two other Alcorn employees.

He says the College Board has turned over its findings to state Auditor Stacey Pickering and the state Ethics Commission. That's an indication that the problems could lead to civil or criminal penalties against those involved.

Norris Edney will serve as interim president of ASU during the transition period. Edney is currently a member of the faculty

"We're committed to moving quickly to find the next president of Alcorn State University," Bounds said.

Christopher Brown II was the 18th president of Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi. 

He had led Alcorn State since 2010 and brought national recognition to the 5,000-student university.

Alcorn was named the historically black college of the year in 2012, and recruited Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of Medgar Evers, to join its faculty.

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