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    The Investiture Ceremony of Dr. Vann R. Newkirk Sr. as the 23rd President of Wilberforce University

    Friday, March 22, 2024

    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


    Dr. Newkirk brings a wealth of experience and has a sterling reputation in higher education, having served in various leadership roles at several institutions. He presently serves as an interim associate vice president at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, and he is a former president of the historic Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to his presidential appointment at Fisk, Dr. Newkirk also served as that university’s provost and vice president of academic affairs.
    He is a native of Elizabethtown, North Carolina who initially attended North Carolina A &T, but received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Barber-Scotia College. He holds a Master of Arts degree in history from Winthrop University, a Master of Science degree from North Carolina Central University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in history from Howard University.
    Currently, Dr. Newkirk is writing a history of African Americans in Alabama. In another written work, “New Life for Historically Black Colleges and Universities” (HBCUs), to improve the long-term viability of HBCUs, he moves to identify their challenges, explore their management systems, and identify models of success. A noted historian, he has written extensively on crime and punishment in North Carolina. He has also authored the 2008 seminal work, “Lynching in North Carolina”, which won the 2009 Willie Parker History Award for the best non-fiction study of North Carolina.
    His priority for Wilberforce is to engage community supporters who can assist in the university’s fund-raising efforts, and solidify student retention and graduation rates which, he says along with premium academic programs, will add value to the university’s distinction among nationally ranked liberal arts colleges.
    Presidential Luncheon immediately following the ceremony (Invitation Only)
    Presidential Reception - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Further details on these events are forthcoming



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    National Scores Move Up for Wilberforce

    The nation’s first, private historically Black college/university (HBCU) shows great value in the official U. S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. These are metrics that give a perspective of how categorized colleges and universities rank.

    Wilberforce University (Ohio) is graded among six other four year, private and public, historically Black colleges/universities (HBCUs) by enrollment, location (rural) and size. The schools are Cheyney State in Pennsylvania, Kentucky State, Central State University in Ohio, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, Harris Stowe University in Missouri, and Philander Smith in Arkansas.


    The statistics show that 10 years after graduation, Wilberforce University was among the leaders in median earnings among students who received federal financial aid. And, Wilberforce has the second lowest median total debt after graduation. Of the top three schools with the highest graduation rate, Wilberforce is second among the seven that are “graded” on the scorecard. Read More