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Tuskegee University Selects First Woman To Serve As President

Tuskegee University Selects First Woman To Serve As President



Dr. Lily D. McNair was recently named the next president of Tuskegee University, marking McNair the first woman to lead the school in the first time in its 136-year history.  

Tuskegee's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to select Dr. McNair for the role. "Our Board of Trustees is confident that Dr. McNair brings to Tuskegee the precise skill set required to ensure we continue thriving as one of the nation’s leading HBCUs," said board chair John E. Page. The selection of Dr. McNair has ended a six month long search whereby upwards of 150 candidates were considered for the role.

"I am honored and humbled to be selected to serve as the eighth president of Tuskegee University," Dr. McNair shared. "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."


Dr. McNair currently serves as the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College in New York City. She has assumed this role for the last seven years. She is a clinical psychologist by training, possessing a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton University and master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She will begin her new role as Tuskegee's 8th president on July 1st.

Congratulations, Dr. McNair! Best wishes as you usher in a new era of leadership for the Tuskegee campus and community.