Moments ago, Tuskegee University announced the unanimous selection of Dr. Lily D. McNair as its eighth president — and our first female president — by the Board of Trustees. We wanted you to be among the first to know.

President-elect McNair will officially join us on July 1, 2018, coming from Wagner College where she currently serves as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

So you can become better acquainted with Dr. McNair, please There, you will find Dr. McNair’s biography and curriculum vitae, as well as the university’s official news announcement about her appointment. As you review Dr. McNair’s career path, I know — like me — you will be impressed by the depth and breadth of her professional experience and accomplishments.

As Dr. McNair concludes her service at Wagner College, we look forward to adding additional information about her transition to Tuskegee University to this webpage. Joining her will be her husband, Dr. George W. Roberts, a retired senior administrator at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Together, they have two adult children: Randall Roberts and Marguerite Roberts.

Thank you for your patience and trust throughout this process. When we launched our presidential search last October, we were committed to attracting an inspiring leader who will advance our current five-year strategic plan while ensuring we are a commanding, competitive and contemporary university in the decades to come. I truly believe we have found those qualities, and so many more, in Dr. McNair.

We could not have recruited someone of Dr. McNair’s caliber — much less done so in six months — without the quality feedback we received through our listening sessions and stakeholder survey. So, to those of you who took the time to participate in one or both of those efforts, I convey my thanks on behalf of my fellow trustees.

I also wish to thank the 16 members of our Presidential Search Committee who brought their diverse perspectives as students, employees, alumni and trustees to this effort. Each truly approached this confidential and deliberative process — and its long-term implications for our university — with the deference it deserved.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I also extend my admiration and sincerest appreciation to Dr. Charlotte Morris, who assumed the duties of interim president without reservation. I know you will agree with me that her tenure, while brief, has been marked by a stabilizing and calming leadership that will resonate within the Tuskegee Family for years to come. We look forward to honoring her for her many accomplishments in a manner appropriate to her service and commitment to our university.

The coming months will mark a time of transition. It also will be a time for each of us to recommit to making Mother Tuskegee “the pride of the swift-growing South” — and an even greater beacon for service, leadership and outreach in the nation and beyond.

Kindest regards,

John E. Page, Chair

Tuskegee University Board of Trustees

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