NASHVILLE, TN – Last month officials from Fisk University signed a historic agreement with Austin Peay State University. The partnership aims to undertake cooperation in the area of admissions and enrollment of Fisk University students into the Austin Peay State University School of Nurising.

In accord with the guides of this agreement, Austin Peay State University will prioritize and reserve spots for qualified Fisk University students to transfer into Austin Peay State University’s School of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program who meet published admissions criteria. Fisk University students satisfying all APSU requirements for graduation will be awarded Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and can participate in Austin Peay State University graduation ceremony.

According to Fisk University Provost, “this agreement allows Fisk University students to study and become nurses at one of the strongest nursing programs in the state of Tennessee and the nation. It also allows Fisk University to play an important role in bridging the nation health care gaps by playing a role in creating more minority health care professionals.”

Austin Peay State University School of Nursing is committed to empowering students to become critical thinkers, healthcare leaders, excellent communicators, and life long learners. The school serves traditional and non-traditional students, including the military community. Fisk University was founded in 1866 and its 40-acre campus is a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1930, Fisk was the first African American institution to gain accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

For more information about the Fisk University/Austin Peay State University Nursing Partnership, contact Dr. Phyllis Freeman, Associate Professor of Biology, at pfreeeman@fisk.edu or 615-329-8767.

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NASHVILLE, TN – Fisk University has announced that it will be naming its recently launched institute for social justice after the late Congressman and Fisk alumnus John R. Lewis.

“Nothing could be more appropriate given the Congressman’s extraordinary impact on civil rights in this country and across the world,” said University Provost Vann Newkirk.

Congressman Lewis repeatedly expressed the importance of getting in ‘good trouble’/’necessary trouble.’ Congressman Lewis was an inspiration to generations of Fisk students and with the John R. Lewis Institute for Social Justice, Fisk will continue its leadership role in shaping the next era of change-markers. The John R. Lewis Institute for Social Justice is a continuation of the famous Fisk Race Relations Institute, which shaped so many of the conversations and policies during the 1960s and 70s.

The John R. Lewis Institute will include a master’s program in social justice, several certificate programs as well as various undergraduate projects, research, and forums.

“Congressman John R. Lewis embodied the very best of humanity – his kindness, perseverance and unwavering commitment to fighting for those in need set an example for all the young people who are looking to create a better world,” said Dr. Kevin Rome, Sr., President of Fisk University.

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About Fisk University
Fisk University produces graduates from diverse backgrounds with the integrity and intellect required for substantive contributions to society. Fisk University’s curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts. The faculty and administrators emphasizes the discovery and advancement of knowledge through research in the natural and social sciences, business and the humanities. We are committed to the success of scholars and leaders with global perspective.

NASHVILLE, TN – Fisk University will inaugurate Kevin D. Rome, Sr., Ph.D. as the 16th president of the university on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fisk Memorial Chapel.

According to a press release from the university, 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 her 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 https://connect.fisk.edu/inauguration-2018

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

hrdCHICAGO, IL – This past June, HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) held its 3rd annual HBCU Royalty Dictionary competition with the theme “Rulers of the Throne”. The competition highlights newly historically black colleges and universities campus Queens, Kings and SGA Presidents.

The HBCU Royalty Dictionary is an initiative that spotlights the newly elected and crowned campus leaders through a pre-submitted biography with a series of questions relating to their campus improvement, strengths, motivation and upcoming plans during their reign or term.

This year’s competition featured a mixture of 20 campus leaders who holds the title of Queen, King and SGA Presidents that were voted by the public to be featured in the dictionary. The leaders are represented from the following schools: Florida Memorial University, Huston-Tillotson University, Stillman College, North Carolina Central University, South Carolina State University, Saint Augustine’s University, Grambling State University, Virginia Union University, Savannah State University, Bennett College,  Benedict College, Fisk University, Claflin University,  University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Morris College, Savannah State University, Philander Smith College and Chicago State University.

After two (2) years of the competition, this year was the first publication of the HBCU Royalty Dictionary as a magazine. The HBCU Royalty Dictionary is usually published to the HCF’s website featuring the present year induction class.

The 2016 HBCU Royalty Dictionary is now available and can be viewed in PDF format on HCF’s website here. You can purchase the magazine copy for $7.99 + shipping in support of the featured student leaders here.

All proceeds from the magazine will benefit and assist supporting the next HBCU Royalty Dictionary competition, student scholarships, services at HBCU’s and operations of HBCU Campaign Fund.

For more information regarding the HBCU Royalty Dictionary, contact support@hbcucampaignfund.org or call HCF office at 773.988.2106.