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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Trustees

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

Vann R. Newkirk, Sr. Ph.D

Interim President

Marcus D. Cosby ’95, D.Min.

Senior Pastor,
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church,
Texas

David P. Crabtree

Executive Vice President
Brookside Properties, Inc.,
Tennessee

Holly Hamby

Faculty Representative

JoLinda Herring '85, Esq.

Chair, Development Committee
Executive Committee

Lela Wingard Hughes ‘77

JPMorgan Chase Bank (ret.),
New Jersey

Vivian Iloabuchi

Student Representative,
Class of '20
Vice President,
Student Government Association
Nigeria

Callie Khouri

Writer/Producer/Director,
Tennessee

Stacey Garrett Koju, Esq.

Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Tennessee

Steven Morgan, Ph.D.

Faculty Representative
Faculty Assembly Chair
Tennessee

Andreas Nelson

Student Representative
Class of '20
President,
Student Government Association
Illinois

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

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

Roland Parrish

CEO, Parrish Restaurant Ltd.,
Texas

Juliette Pryor ’86, Esq.

Executive Vice President,
General Counsel
Albertsons Companies
Georgia

Surendra Ramanna

Chairman and CEO
TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc.,
Tennessee

Ronald S. Safer, Esq.

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

Kim Seymour, Esq.
Nzinga Shaw
Frank Simmons '73

Marking by Zip, LLC,
Texas

Janine Smith '84, '87

Raytheon Technologies
Maryland

Edward M. Zimmerman, Esq.