A Message from the Chair
Janine Smith '84

Good Afternoon Alumni!


I begin by acknowledging the interest of alumni in the circumstances of Dr. Newkirk’s resignation as President of Fisk. However, the confidentiality of personnel matters precludes further comments beyond the University's statement. 


Focusing on the future, the Fisk Board of Trustees asked Trustee Frank Sims to serve as interim president to provide the search committee, chaired by Trustee JoLinda Herring, Esq. ’85, ample time to perform a comprehensive search for the best president for Fisk.


The Board Chair is Juliette Williams Pryor, Esq. ’86 who, along with the entire board remains committed to providing governance, strategy, and fiscal oversight to ensure an even brighter future for Fisk.


While that work continues, let’s celebrate the many ways in which Fisk continues to thrive, including: 


Fall enrollment exceeding 1,050 students with an incoming class of just under 400 students, the largest freshman class in over 40 years.   


New areas of study such as such as the new Bachelor of Social Work program and the University’s first course in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Investments in facilities with the completion of Roland Parrish Career Center, the announced construction of a new residence hall and a state-of-the-art science building, along with continuing renovation of campus buildings.


1st HBCU gymnastics team. Enthusiasm for the Fisk gymnastics team continues, with a viral TikTok video of the team practice receiving coverage by numerous national media outlets. Keep up with Fisk Athletics!


Alumni participation is very important.  Why? Because you inspire others! 


Share the good news! We need Fiskites to be positive influencers that spread the good news about Fisk, including on social media, as we seek to attract both students and donors.


Become a member of GAAFU. Becoming a member provides a number of benefits including GAAFU voting privileges that can help select the next alumni trustee later this year.


Continue to give. For the fiscal year ending June 30th, Fiskites set a record with donations of almost $2.5 million to benefit Fisk and its students.  For that, I applaud you! Let’s keep it up! 


Be sure to check out “I Am Fisk” and “For the Culture” sections of our newsletter for photos from the fall semester at Fisk as well as updates on a few of our fellow alumni, which are certain to make you smile.  


I hope to see many of you at upcoming events including:

October 6 - Jubilee Day - Speaker: Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan Simpson '85, President of Auburn Theological Seminary

October 22 - GAAFU Midwest Regional meeting (virtual)

October 29 - GAAFU Southwest Regional meeting (virtual & in-person in Dallas)

November 11-12 - Homecoming
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR: Reunion 2023 - Apri 28-May 1


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