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Trustees Name Frank L. Sims Acting President and
Plan National Search

August 27, 2022

Nashville, TENN. (August 27, 2022) – The Board of Trustees of Fisk University today announced the depar­ture of Dr. Vann R. Newkirk as President of the University. Effective imme­di­ate­ly, Board Chair Frank L. Sims will serve as act­ing President.

The Board of Trustees is charged with ensur­ing that Fisk University con­tin­ues to excel as a lead­ing aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tion and that our future is defined by a shared vision and set of val­ues,” said Chair Sims. “ The Board unan­i­mous­ly agreed that the next chap­ter in the Fisk future calls for new lead­er­ship. We thank Dr. Newkirk for his ser­vice and wish him well in his future endeav­ors. We look for­ward to con­duct­ing a thor­ough and exten­sive search process for our next President.“

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Fisk 2020 Virtual Spring Arts Festival

Click on the image, below, to vis­it the fes­ti­val.




Fisk University Receives Approval to Offer Homeland Security Degree Program

July 24, 2019

Dr. Newkirk

Nashville, Tennessee. Fisk University is pleased to announce that the Southern Association of Colleges and schools approved Fisk’s bac­calau­re­ate degree pro­gram in Homeland Security. The pro­gram is the only such degree pro­gram in the state of Tennessee and one of only a hand­ful across the South.

According to Provost Vann Newkirk, “the pro­gram will not only expand Fisk University’s degree offer­ings, but it will allow the University to tar­get a new mar­ket for the mil­i­tary. For that rea­son, the pro­gram will not only be offered on the Fisk University cam­pus but also in Clarksville, Tennessee, at the home of Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division.”

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Fisk University Receives Approval to Offer Bachelor of Science Degree in Data Science, begin­ning Spring 2020

Dr. Hussain
Assoc. Provost

Fisk University recent­ly received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to offer an under­grad­u­ate degree pro­gram in Data Science (BS). The new pro­gram will launch in the spring of 2020. Data sci­ence is a mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary field that uses sci­en­tif­ic meth­ods, process­es, algo­rithms, and sys­tems to extract knowl­edge and insights from struc­tured and unstruc­tured data. “This pro­gram will open new doors for grad­u­ates of the uni­ver­si­ty,” said the new pro­gram direc­tor Sajid Hussain, Ph.D.

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Fisk University Works to Provide Enhanced Career Guidance for Students

New part­ner­ship with YouScience helps con­nect stu­dents with in-demand job oppor­tu­ni­ties

July 17, 2019

Fisk University today announced a new effort to help stu­dents bet­ter under­stand how their nat­ur­al abil­i­ties align with today’s work­force and plan proac­tive edu­ca­tion path­ways to pur­sue in-demand jobs.

The insti­tu­tion has part­nered with Nashville-based edtech com­pa­ny YouScience to pro­vide a cut­ting-edge apti­tude assess­ment tool to stu­dents as part of their first-year sem­i­nar course. Beginning in the 2019–2020 aca­d­e­m­ic year, all fresh­men stu­dents will be required to uti­lize the YouScience pro­gram, which uses a series of sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly-proven “brain games” to iden­ti­fy stu­dents’ unique apti­tudes and show­case how these innate tal­ents “fit” with mod­ern career path­ways.

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Mr. Lynwood Berry Retires from Fisk University after More than 30 Years of Service

July 5, 2019

Lynwood Berry

It is with mixed emo­tions that we are announc­ing our friend and long­time employ­ee Mr. Berry’s retire­ment from Fisk University. Mr. Berry has been a pil­lar in our com­mu­ni­ty for over 30 years in var­i­ous roles from stu­dent activ­i­ties to alum­ni affairs, touch­ing many lives along the way. He will always be remem­bered for his sun­ny dis­po­si­tion, and love for every­thing Fisk. We wish noth­ing but suc­cess for Mr. Berry as he begins the next chap­ter in his life.” —Fisk Website

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Fisk Food and Music Festival on the Campus Grove, June 29




Fisk University President’s Monthly Newsletter, June 5, 2019


Pictured left to right: Rev. Jason Curry, Chairman Frank Sims, Trustee Rev. Marcus Cosby ’95, Rev. Al Sharpton, and President Kevin D. Rome


The month of May was a peri­od of achieve­ment. Many stu­dents com­plet­ed their under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate careers by cross­ing the stage; our Silver and Golden Sons and Daughters (Class of 1994 and Class of 1969, respec­tive­ly) achieved a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in their lives as alum­ni; and I com­plet­ed my year in Leadership Nashville, an acad­e­my which acquaints Nashvillian lead­ers with the diver­si­ty of peo­ple, places, and cul­tures of met­ro­pol­i­tan Nashville. Reunion week­end has coin­cid­ed with Commencement for many years and in only my third time par­tic­i­pat­ing, it con­tin­ues to get bet­ter each year. The end of the school year is always a whirl­wind of activ­i­ty with an invig­o­rat­ing burst of ener­gy from all the peo­ple on cam­pus.

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Fisk University Organist Anthony Williams Performed Concert of Music by Black Composers in Columbus