Fisk University Sets Inauguration for Kevin D. Rome, Sr., Ph.D.



Fisk University will inaugurate Kevin D. Rome, Sr., Ph.D. as the 16th president of the university on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 1:00pm at the Fisk Memorial Chapel. In spring 2017, the Fisk University Board of Trustees selected Rome after nearly an eight-month process that involved engagement forums with alumni clubs in multiple states, on-campus faculty and staff forums, and communications with key stakeholders of the university community. Rome began his term as president on July 1, 2017. Before the presidency at Fisk, Rome served as president of Lincoln University of Missouri from July 2013 – June 2017. With over 20 years in higher education, Rome has served in administrative roles as vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at North Carolina Central University, vice president for student services at Morehouse College, vice president for campus life at Clayton State University, and assistant vice chancellor for student life and diversity at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. A native of Columbus, GA, Rome holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a master’s degree from the University of Georgia and a doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

The investiture ceremony will be a part of a week-long celebration of events, set to run April 3-8, 2018. An abbreviated listing of events is as follows:

Investiture Ceremony Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018 Time: 1:00pm Location: Fisk Memorial Chapel 1000 17th Avenue, North Nashville, TN 37208 Free and Open to the public Inauguration Scholarship Gala Date:

Friday, April 6, 2018 Reception: 7:00pm Event Begins: 8:00pm Location: Music City Center | Karl F. Dean Grand Ballroom 201 5th Avenue, South Nashville, TN 37203 Cost: $100.00 – To purchase tickets, please visit

For more information about the inauguration and the schedule of events, please visit or contact Willie Jude, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Emerging Initiatives by e-mail at or telephone at 615-329-8595.

About Fisk University Founded in 1866, Fisk University is a private, liberal arts university located in Nashville, Tennessee. Consistently recognized for its brand of academic excellence, Fisk ranks in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s listing as a Top 10 HBCU. Fisk was also ranked #4 for most awarded research expenditures in the 2017 rankings of National Liberal Arts Institutions by The Washington Monthly. To learn more about Fisk University, please visit ###

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