Office of the President

Leaders, Scholars & World Changers.

Fisk University Interim President


Meet Dr. Vann Newkirk Sr. 

The Board of Trustees of Fisk University has named Dr. Vann Newkirk Sr. as Interim President. Dr. Newkirk received his doctorate in history from Howard University and has been a proven leader in higher education for more than 20 years. Dr. Newkirk served as Provost for three years at Elizabeth City State University before joining the Fisk team as Provost in 2018. Dr. Newkirk has held numerous senior administrative and academic positions throughout his outstanding career. His expertise in accreditation matters and programmatic development is nationally recognized, and he has established himself as a leader in the education technology space.

Dr. Newkirk has substantial experience managing budgets, overseeing major grants, supervising enrollment management, and spearheading research. In addition to his administrative accomplishments, Dr. Newkirk is a published scholar and recipient of the Willie Parker Award. Since he arrived at Fisk, Dr. Newkirk has not only launched several highly successful new programs including bioinformatics, data science, and social justice, he has also been instrumental in the University’s accreditation process. According to Board Chair Frank Sims, Fisk has benefitted greatly from Dr. Newkirk’s leadership and we are confident he will lead the University to new heights in the coming years.

I am honored by this opportunity and look forward to the days ahead, said Dr. Newkirk. I am excited about the existing momentum and Fisk is poised for a great future. According to Dr. Newkirk, Fisk has a critical role to play both in Nashville and across the country. Our students are excellent, our faculty outstanding, our board insightful, our alumni/supporters invigorated, our finances sound and our partnerships inspiring, concluded Dr. Newkirk.

Learn More about our
Interim President

Dr. Newkirk has a 25-year career in creating innovative educational programs.  He joined Fisk in 2018 and in that time his leadership has been outstanding.  Some of his most 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.

To learn more about Interim President Newkirk, click on his full biography tab below to read more!

Contact And Office Location:

Phone: 615-329-8555
Email:President@fisk.edu
Location: Erastus Milo Cravath Hall, 3rd Floor