At Miss.'s Alcorn State, no-bid contracts and expensive furniture bring down star president

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FILE -In this May 11, 2013 file photo, Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II, speaks during the school's 2013 commencement ceremony at the Dave L. Whitney Athletic Complex on the Lorman, Miss., campus. Brown's resignation was announced Dec. 19, 2013 amid an investigation into university purchasing practices. (AP Photo/The Natchez Democrat, Jay Sowers, File)

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By JEFF AMY, Associated Press

LORMAN, Miss. (AP) — M. Christopher Brown II was a rising star at Mississippi's Alcorn State University. But even as he and the university were winning awards, complaints began about money spent on upgrades to the president's house and the relationship between a Brown aide and a production company that staged campus concerts.

Records reviewed by The Associated Press show Alcorn spent almost $89,000 at the house without seeking bids as required under state law. Documents also show Alcorn paid $85,000 in fees to the production company associated with Brown's aide, possibly violating state ethics law. And an auditor says the school spent more than $67,000 in bond money on projects not allowed in the lending agreement.

Brown resigned in December as the state College Board moved to suspend him. Two others also resigned.

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