Tuskegee University Names First Female President In School’s 136-year History

| May 16, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

Tuskegee University’s board of trustees has voted unanimously to name Dr. Lily D. McNair as its next president. McNair becomes the first female president in the university’s 136-year history.

McNair currently serves as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College in New York City. She will begin work at Tuskegee on July 1.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected to serve as the eighth president of Tuskegee University,” McNair said. “The historic contributions of the university’s students, faculty and alumni are well-known and valued throughout the nation. I very much look forward to building on the legacy of my predecessors so that Tuskegee University will ascend to even greater heights in the years to come.”Since 2011, McNair has served as the second-ranking executive of Wagner College – a private college of 2,200 students on New York City’s Staten Island. A clinical psychologist by training, McNair’s higher education career includes other academic, research and executive appointments at Spelman College, the University of Georgia, the State University of New York at New Paltz, and Vassar College.

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