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As a leading private, liberal arts university, Fisk University fulfills a crucial role in preparing students to become successful professionals and citizens. Fisk has a rich legacy of producing scholars and leaders.  Among the many Fisk luminaries are W.E.B. DuBois, Ida B. Wells, John Hope Franklin, The Honorable Timothy Donaldson, Nikki Giovanni, Judith Jamison, Johnetta Cole, David Levering Lewis, Kym Whitley, and The Honorable John R. Lewis.

From its founding in 1866, Fisk University students have been catalysts for change locally, nationally and internationally.  The Fisk Jubilee Singers® introduced the world to the musical genre known today as the Negro spiritual.  W.E.B. DuBois and Ida B. Wells were early leaders of the quest for human rights. Fisk students Diane Nash and John Lewis were leaders of the civil rights movement that changed Nashville.

Fisk is an iconic institution steeped in tradition and history, yet dynamic and contemporary to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  As Julian Williams, “Mr. Fisk, 2013-2014,” stated:  “Fisk is small enough to know your name and large enough to meet your needs.”

Explore our website and learn more about our outstanding academic programs and faculty.  Visit our beautiful campus and learn why Fisk is a Tennessee treasure and a national landmark. 

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Interim President: wants to improve finances

Frank L. Sims sent a letter to parents telling them that the administrative shake-up would not affect education at the school. Sims repeatedly emphasized that point Tuesday in an exclusive interview with The Tennessean.

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Interim President

Fisk appoints interim President Frank L. Sims

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Leadership Transition

Fisk University has announced the resignation of President H. James Williams.

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