Kentucky State University President M. Christopher Brown II extends his deepest heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of former Interim President Norris Allen Edney, Ph.D. who transitioned Saturday, August 26 surrounded by the love of his family.
Brown says that Dr. Edney, who was born in 1936 was a powerful figure and “the bookends” to his presidency at Alcorn State University. Dr. Edney began his career as a biology instructor in 1963 and served Alcorn in numerous roles, always accepting positions others deemed too challenging.
“Dr. Edney was an able advisor, counselor, and friend. He facilitated my smooth arrival and seamless departure. He reminded me often that I had come to Alcorn ‘for such a time as this’. He helped me to know my season and to shelter in the fall and not wait for winter. He was a giant of a man, a true father figure, a living Solomon, and a beloved brother of Alpha Phi Alpha,” Brown said.
“Edney’s love for Alcorn was reflected in his dedicated service to the institution and its students. His experiences and belief in education led him to become an advocate for the power of knowledge to help students rise above their circumstances to be great contributors in society and lead meaningful lives.”
Dr. Edney served as a dean of Graduate Studies, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and chairman of the Department of Biology. As the director of Alcorn’s Nursing Program, he led the program from initiation through the second accreditation cycle. In addition, he served as president of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) from 1979 until 1984.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Lillian, his wife and his entire family. He touched the lives of countless individuals throughout his career and he had many accomplishments during his time as president and in other academic and professional capacities.” Brown said while acknowledging his passing is a huge loss for all of us.
“Dr. Edney was truly a giant, a highly respected educator and a public servant. I am thankful for his friendship and leadership. He was a great friend to all who knew him.”