Board of Trustees
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.
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
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
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
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
Barbara Landers Bowles ‘68
Trustee Emerita CEO (ret.) The Kenwood Group, Illinois
Mike Curb, J.D.
Trustee Emeritus Chairman, Curb Records, Tennessee
Leatrice B. McKissack ’51, Hon. D.H.L.
Trustee Emerita CEO (ret.) McKissack & McKissack, Tennessee
Benjamin R. Rechter, Hon. D.H L.
Trustee Emeritus President, Rogers Group Invest., Inc., Tennessee
Cal Turner, Jr.
Trustee Emeritus Turner Family Foundation, Tennessee