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Alumnus Appointed to Higher Education Post

Vann Newkirk, Ph.D.

Vann Newkirk, Ph.D., ‘07, has been named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs for Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn.

In his new role, he will oversee all academics and provide leadership in the implementation of the university’s strategic plan.

Prior to his appointment, Newkirk served as provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Elizabeth City State University. He previously served at Alabama A&M University as associate provost for Academic Affairs and dean for the School of Graduate Studies.

The noted historian also worked as an history professor at Elizabeth City State University and Andrew College. He also served as an associate professor of history and associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Fort Valley State University.

Newkirk has served in additional leadership roles including academic dean and chief academic officer at Andrew College and vice president for Institutional Effectiveness at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

The Elizabethtown native is an active member of the Barber-Scotia College Alumni Association, American Historical Association, Traditionally Black Colleges and Universities Institutional Research Association, the Alabama Council of Graduate Deans and the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools.

His accomplishments include several literary works publications. In 2012, Newkirk wrote “New Life for Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” which examines the challenges historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) face. The novel also explores models to ensure HBCUs continue to play an important role in education.

Newkirk obtained his master’s degree in library science from North Carolina Central University and an additional master’s degree in history from Winthrop University. Newkirk also earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Barber-Scotia College and doctoral degree in history from Howard University.

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