Fisk University Celebrates the Inauguration of President Kevin D. Rome, Sr., Ph.D.

 University Announces Inaugural Festivities including the
Investiture Ceremony, Presidential                           
   Scholarship Gala at Music City Center, and a Live
Production of The Wiz 

Nashville, TN., March 29, 2018 – Fisk University will celebrate the inauguration of
its 16th president, Kevin D. Rome, Sr., Ph.D., with a series of events slated from
April 2-8, 2018.  The investiture ceremony will be held Thursday, April 5 at 1 p.m.
in the Fisk Memorial Chapel, 1000 17th Avenue North.  The ceremony is open to the
Mayor David Briley, Talladega College President Dr. Billy C. Hawkins, Lane College
President Dr. Kent J. Smith, Jr., and United Negro College Fund (U.N.C.F.) President
and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax are among the distinguished guests who will bring
greetings and remarks.  Dr. Ronald Crutcher, 10th President of the University of
Richmond, will deliver the Inaugural address. 
Dr. Rome began his presidency on July 1, 2017, following an eight-month search
conducted by a search committee and the school’s Board of Trustees.  From July 2013
to June 2017, Dr. Rome served as president of Lincoln University of Missouri.  His
illustrious 20-year career in higher education also includes serving 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, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, as
well as a master’s degree from the University of Georgia.  He also earned his
doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.
The university has planned events throughout the week of April 2 to celebrate the
installation of the school’s sixteenth president.       The following activities are
open to the public: 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Convocation
Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Fisk Memorial Chapel
1000 17th Avenue, North
Nashville, TN 37208
Free and Open to the public
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
Fisk University’s Stagecrafters present: 
The WIZ Dinner Theater
Date: Wednesday, April 4th and Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Dinner: 7:00pm
Show Time: 7:45pm
Location: Henderson A. Johnson Gymnasium 
Cost: $25 - General Admission; $15 - Students  
To purchase tickets, please visit
About Fisk University
Founded in 1866, Fisk University is a private, liberal arts university located in
Nashville, Tennessee. Consistently recognized for its brand of academic excellence,
Fisk is ranked among the Top 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report. Fisk also ranked #4 for most awarded research
expenditures in the 2017 rankings of National Liberal Arts Institutions by The
Washington Monthly. To learn more about Fisk University, please visit