Kevin Rome ’89 Named President of Fisk University

Date Released: March 27, 2017

Fisk University’s Board of Trustees recently named Morehouse alum Dr. Kevin D. Rome Sr. ’89 as their 16th president. 

Rome is currently the president of Lincoln University of Missouri, a position he has held since 2013. He comes to Fisk with over 15 years of experience in higher education. Previous roles include serving as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at North Carolina Central University. Rome also worked at his alma mater as Vice President for Student Services as well as in roles at Clayton State University and Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

"Fisk was looking for a transformational leader who would be able to shape our future and accelerate our growth as a leader in the liberal arts and STEM disciplines," said Barbara Bowles, Chair of the Fisk University Board of Trustees. "We believe that Dr. Kevin Rome is that person". 

“I am pleased to be named the 16th President of Fisk University,” said Rome in a release. “Our nation’s HBCUs are facing an interesting chapter in history and I am certain Fisk will see its story of academic excellence, diversity, and integrity expand over the next 150 years.  It will be my pleasure to work alongside the entire Fisk University family as we continue to cultivate scholars and leaders one by one.”

After graduating from Morehouse with a Bachelor of Art degree in English, Rome went on to obtain a master’s degree from the University of Georgia and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

Under Rome’s leadership, Lincoln saw a 50 percent increase in student enrollment and the development and implementation of a number of institutional programs and initiatives.

Rome’s term at the Nashville, Tennessee university begins July 1.

Rome is just one of many Morehouse Men chosen to lead a college or university. Earlier in March, Robert E. Johnson ’82 was named president at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


Last Modified: March 27, 2017, 10:03 AM, by: Vanzetta Evans

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