LEAD Program

L.E.A.D. Program

Leadership Enrichment and Academic Development Program (LEAD) is a Student Support Services (SSS) initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Trio Programs.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the SSS four-year grant to Fisk University in 2001 to begin the LEAD program. We are currently funded for an additional five year period scheduled to end in 2025. The LEAD Program at Fisk is under the auspices of the Office of the Provost.

The LEAD Program provides personal, career, and academic counseling, tutorial services, academic skills enrichment, workshops, and cultural activities to qualified students. Learn more about LEAD Program services

Targeted to first-generation, economically challenged, and/or differently-abled students, LEAD is funded to serve 200 students each year. Students who are enrolled in the Program are provided services throughout their enrollment at Fisk University. The LEAD Program’s professional staff, tutors and peer mentors enable students to:

  • increase retention and graduation rates of participants
  • achieve academic success
  • receive additional assistance with difficult courses
  • explore career and graduate school options
  • meet the University’s requirements for their degree choice

The degree to which the Program accomplishes its purpose depends upon the individual student. The challenge for the student is to know the available services and to use them as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Students may apply for admission to the LEAD Program by completing an application below and if more information is needed please contact us at leadserve@fisk.edu

L.E.A.D Program Staff

Our intuitive staff is ready and willing to speak with all students interested in the program.

Jonas Tellis, Ph.D.
Executive Director for Academic Support Services
Office: Dubois Hall Room 124
Phone: 615.329.8210
Email: jtellis@fisk.edu

Michael Tutt
LEAD Counselor, Career Specialist
Office: DuBois Hall room,119
Email: mtutt@fisk.edu
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