FRANKFORT — Kentucky State University President M. Christopher Brown II, Ph.D., recently participated in the U.S. Army War College 63rd-annual National Security Seminar (NSS) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Brown received a Certificate of Leader of Development in National Security and Strategy for completing the NSS.

“Kentucky State University takes seriously the mandate to employ strategic and aggressive leadership techniques to move the needles that measure institutional progress,” Dr. Brown said. “The US Army War College Seminar provides a deep dive into the ways in which military knowledge sets can be applied to organizational threat assessments, rapid deployment of human resources, and mobilizing differing groups to achieve joint success.”

The NSS is a four-day event that creates an environment for Army War College students and guests (also known as New Members) to examine current national security issues and exchange candid dialogue, according to the Army War College website. NSS serves as a capstone event that enhances student learning through exposure to a cross-section of American perspectives.

“Our hope is that we will quickly transition from merely measuring activity performance at Kentucky State University, and begin measuring outcome effectiveness,” Dr. Brown said. “My experience at the War College will ensure that Kentucky State focuses on substantive and sustained institutional transformation rather than the scattered successes that often accompany shock and awe approaches to organizational change.”

Every summer, approximately 160 invitees join resident student seminar groups for the event. These New Members come from across the country and are a cross-section of American life, representing a broad range of occupations, geographic regions, and age groups, according to the Army War College website.

Each day features a distinguished speaker who sets the theme for the day’s discussions, according to the Army War College website. Speakers cover topics such as the challenges of civil-military relations, the role of domestic politics in national security, globalization, foreign policy, international security issues and the future role of the United States.


Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 land grant University affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 2,000 students.