Lincoln University President Kevin Rome will be named to the same position at Fisk University, sources close to the school’s board of trustees have confirmed.
Dr. Rome, who has served in Missouri since June 2013, will lead the historic private HBCU as its first permanent president since the resignation of H. James Williams in 2015, who left Nashville less than three years after his appointment due to reported differences of opinion with the board of trustees.
The Morehouse College alumnus leaves Jefferson City on the heels of controversy over its academic alignment, and the reinstatement of its history degree program, while the state faces significant challenges with cuts to public higher education.Dr. Rome discussed these issues on a recent edition of HBCU Digest Radio.
We talk with Dr. Rome about the increasing crisis of defunding for HBCUs, the role of race in university culture and administration, and the critical elements of the HBCU land grant mission.
The Fisk board is expected to announce Dr. Rome as its president-elect this week.