Fisk University appoints Provost Dr. Vann Newkirk as president

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NASHVILLE, TN — Dr. Vann Newkirk, a well respected educator with more than 30 years creating innovative educational programs at Black institutions in the South. His leadership is well known Nationally and some of his most recent notable achievements at Fisk include:– Led the successful June 2020 on-site special committee visit by SACSCOC– Guided Fisk’s COVID-19 response and school re-opening plan for fall 2020 semester– Launched the Fisk Learning and Development Program (FLDP), a training and development platform for faculty and staff– Successfully transitioned to a hybrid virtual campus by facilitating remote access through specialized software – Established Fisk University Clarksville“Dr. Newkirk has made tremendous contributions as provost and we look forward to his continued leadership,” said Board Chair Frank Sims. “Fisk has experienced several outstanding years and we are convinced the next few years will be the best in the University’s esteemed history.”Fisk has seen many successes over the years. In just the past two years it has– Increased enrollment by more than 32 percent– ACT/SAT scores for incoming freshmen have improved from the 55th percentile to the 73rd percentile nationally.– Produced two Rhodes Scholar finalists– Launched multiple new academic programs– Increased corporate internships by 41%– Grown academic grants...