Fisk University- “Cultivating Scholars & Leaders One by One”

Barely six months after the end of the Civil War, and just two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, three men — John Ogden, the Reverend Erastus Milo Cravath, and the Reverend Edward P. Smith —established the Fisk School in Nashville, named in honor of General Clinton B. Fisk of the Tennessee Freedmen’s Bureau, who provided the new institution with facilities in former Union Army barracks near the present site of Nashville’s Union Station. In these facilities Fisk convened its first classes on January 9, 1866. The first students ranged in age from seven to seventy, but shared common experiences of slavery and poverty — and an extraordinary thirst for learning.  The Fisk tradition of leadership and excellence is being carried on today.

The Fisk University Core Values:  D.E.T.A.I.L.S.

Our values reflect our overall ethical and moral engagement. We, the FISK Family, seek to internalize these principles and apply them in our day-to-day work and in our lives.


We believe that our individual differences are a collective strength. We will support and encourage diversity of opinion and of culture that aids us in building a collective wisdom resulting in more powerful and relevant solutions to our challenges.


We believe that excellence is the result of a lifelong pursuit of the highest standards. At FISK, our collective quest is to earn merit through commitment to rigorous scholarship, cultural literacy, and high ethical standard.


We believe that individuals achieve high standards when supported by the collective work of others. We reinforce this value by constantly creating opportunities to collaborate both inside and outside of traditional alliances on our University, our proximate community, and the world.


We believe that we must hold ourselves to the highest standard when we make commitments. Consistent and measurable follow-through is essential for individual and team progress. We are forthright about our successes and shortcomings and we will position FISK for continued achievement.


We believe that it is our responsibility to prepare young people to be stewards of an ever changing world. That means that we must model behavior grounded in truthfulness and compassion.


We believe that leaders are obligated to empower those around them. We are consistent, transparent, and accountable. Through our words and behaviors we encourage others to exhibit these same attributes.


We believe that service is our ability to give the gift of knowledge to humanity. As we service, we become transformed and so are our communities.

Fisk:  Sons and Daughters

‘Ever on the Altar!!!

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