Tuskegee Names First Permanent Female President In 136 Year History

By WSFA 12 News Staff

The Tuskegee University Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to name Dr. Lily D. McNair as its next president. McNair will be just the eighth president in the university’s 136-year history and is the first woman to hold the position.

The new president, who is currently the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College in New York City, will start on July 1. Her former boss, Wagner College President Richard Guarasci congratulated her on the new job, “as well as for the intelligence, professionalism and grace that she has maintained throughout her seven years as provost.”

“I am honored and humbled to be selected to serve as the eighth president of Tuskegee University,” she 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.”

Source: WSFA 12 News

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