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Former Kentucky State president sues financially embattled university for $270K severance

January 18, 2022

The legal battle offers new understanding into what went wrong at Kentucky State, which is requesting $23 million from the state to cover its budget shortfall. An audit of the university’s finances last year found consistent overspending and poor budgetary controls quickly depleted reserves.

Kentucky State alleges Brown mismanaged the university’s budget, leading to multiyear deficits. It asserts Brown didn’t obtain board members’ approval before accessing funds from a loan for the institution and didn’t alert them about large payments he either knew about or should have known about.

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