Agenia Walker Clark Will Be the Next President of Fisk University

Agenia Walker Clark has been selected as the new president of historically Black Fisk University in Nashville. When she takes office on November 6, she will be the university’s third woman leader and the eighteenth president in the 158-year history of the university.

Fisk University enrolls just over 1,000 undergraduate students and a few dozen graduate students, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans are 73 percent of the student body with foreign students making up 16 percent of the total enrollments.

“To serve a new generation of brilliant, socially minded students — not unlike their counterparts of decades past, like W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, John Lewis, and Diane Nash — is surely the honor of my lifetime,” said Dr. Clark. “No institution of higher-ed has a richer legacy — or a richer promise for the future — than Fisk.”

For the past 19 years, Dr. Clark has been CEO of the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. Prior to the Girl Scouts, Dr. Clark was the vice president of human resources for the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, senior director of human resources at Vanderbilt University, and directed human resources for Canadian telecommunications provider Nortel Networks, where she also served as a manager of government relations.

Dr. Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and an MBA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Vanderbilt University.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Higher Education Grants or Gifts of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Temple University President JoAnne Epps Dies Suddenly at Campus Service

JoAnne A. Epps, acting president of Temple University in Philadelphia, collapsed on stage during a celebration of life ceremony for Charles L. Blockson on September 19, where she was scheduled to speak. She was taken from the stage to Temple University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. President Epps was 72 years old

Professor Michael Dawson Wins Award From the American Political Science Association

Michael C. Dawson, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity Studies and professor of political science at the University of Chicago, received the Charles E. Merriam Award from the American Political Science Association. The award is given to a person whose published work and career represent a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research.

Several HBCUs Obtain Grants From the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency, has announced 64 grants totaling $20,363,297 to support libraries and archives across the country. Some of these grants have been awarded to historically Black colleges and universities.

Featured Jobs