Board of Trustees

Fisk University
Board of Trustees

Fisk University is a cornerstone of excellence and is marked by its resilience and molded by its unyielding commitment to educate and produce some of the world's best scholars, leaders, and world-changers.

Board of Trustees provides effective oversight and strategy in concert with the president to steward a vibrant and progressive future for the campus. This structure provides for a clear, definitive, and orderly form of governance that is a best practice among institutions of higher education.

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Below you will find the names and bios of our board members

Frank L. Sims

Board Chair Corporate Vice President (ret.) Cargill, Inc., Georgia

Patricia Castles Meadows

Board Vice-Chair CPA & Co-Founder (ret.) Williams, Crosslin, Sparks, and Vaden, Tennessee

Kevin D. Rome, Sr., Ph.D.

President, Fisk University, Tennessee

Jacquelyn Denton Alton ‘66

President, Almeda Travel, Texas

Stafford Cargill, Ph.D.

Faculty Representative Faculty Assembly Chair Department of Business Administration

Linda Brown Coleman ’70, Ph.D.,

CEO, R & L Group, Inc., Texas

Marcus D. Cosby ’95, D.Min.

Senior Pastor, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, Texas

David P. Crabtree

Executive Vice President Brookside Properties, Inc., Tennessee

Lela Wingard Hughes ‘77

JPMorgan Chase Bank (ret.), New Jersey

Callie Khouri

Writer/Producer/Director, Tennessee

Stacey Garrett Koju, Esq.

Corporate Secretary, Tennessee

Amanda Griscom Little

Journalist and Writer-in-Residence Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

Reavis L. Mitchell, Jr. ’69, D.A.

Faculty Representative Dean, School of Humanities & Behavioral Social Sciences, Tennessee

Kendall P. Norris

CEO, Global Leadership Forum, Missouri

Robert W. Norton , Hon. D.H.L.

Sr. Vice President (ret.) Pfizer, Inc., South Carolina

Roland Parrish

CEO, Parrish Restaurant Ltd., Texas

Sydnei Patton '20

Student Representative SGA President, Kansas

Jose Perez '20

Student Representative SGA Vice President, Tennessee

Juliette Pryor ’86, Esq.

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary Cox Enterprises, Inc., Georgia

Surendra Ramanna

Chairman and CEO TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc., Tennessee

Ronald S. Safer, Esq.

Co-Managing Partner Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP, Illinois

Frank Simmons '73

Marking by Zip, LLC, Texas

Janine Smith '84, '87

PMP, ITIL Expert