Dr. Kevin Rome, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at North Carolina Central University, will leave NCCU this summer to take the position of president at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. Rome came to NCCU in 2008 from Morehouse College. The division of student affairs and enrollment management oversees units such as Campus Recreation, Chancellor’s Scholars Program, Counseling Center, Disability Services, Greek Life, Orientation and First Year Experience, Residential Life & Housing, Scholarship and Student Aid and Student Activities. He has made several contributions to support the intellectual, cultural, physical and social development of students.
Under Rome’s leadership, a new living learning community, the Centennial Scholars Program, was established in 2009. Geared for male students, the initiative aims to improve retention by providing services such as mentoring, networking, advising, leadership and training opportunities, incentives and cultural excursions. The first cohort of students will graduate in May 2013. In 2011, a similar program was established for women, Annie Day Shepard Scholars. Rome also created the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and Student Affairs Assessment Office.
“I feel extremely blessed with the opportunity to lead such a historic institution,” said Rome. “NCCU will always hold a special place in my heart. The students, faculty, and staff have been amazing and will be greatly missed. I am an Eagle for life.”
Rome is a graduate of Morehouse College. He also holds a master’s degree from The University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. He’ll begin his new job in Jefferson City on June 1.
“Vice Chancellor Rome has been a champion and advocate for our students during his tenure at NCCU,” Chancellor Charles L. Becton said. “His hard work and leadership at the university proves he is committed to student success. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
NCCU will form a committee to conduct a national search for Rome’s successor.