Fisk University is once again searching for a new top executive after the abrupt departure of its president Vann Newkirk over the weekend.
Board chair Frank L. Sims stepped in as interim president, a role he previously held from 2015-2017.
Turnover is unusually high among Fisk presidents. Newkirk took the helm as interim president in 2020, promising consistent leadership after many waves of executive upheaval. But he ultimately stayed in the top job for only two years.
The Board of Trustees is charged with ensuring that Fisk University continues to excel as a leading academic institution and that our future is defined by a shared vision and set of values,” Sims said in a statement.