Fisk University announced today that veteran academic leader and scholar Dr. Patrick R. Liverpool has been selected as the University’s interim provost.
“Dr. Liverpool is an accomplished scholar, educator and academic leader committed to enhancing Fisk’s academic outcomes,” said Fisk University President Hazel R. O’Leary. “He will lead the Fisk faculty and ensure that our curriculum and academic support services meet the University’s goals for learning proficiency.”
Liverpool has served on numerous academic and non-academic Boards including the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Christian Children’s Fund and the Economic Development Authority of Henrico County, Virginia. Additionally, Liverpool previously served on the Governor of Delaware’s Strategic Economic Council.
“I am excited to return to Fisk to collaborate with our outstanding faculty, administration, and students to continue Fisk’s legacy of, and global reputation for, academic excellence,”
As an academic leader, Liverpool has served as Vice Provost for Outreach and International Programs at Virginia Tech, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at North Carolina A & T and Dean of Virginia State University and Florida A & M Schools of Business. He also served as Dean and MBNA America Professor of Delaware State University’s College of Business. During that time, Liverpool worked to secure a $2.5 million grant to support the college’s AACSB accreditation.
Dr. Liverpool’s responsibilities include oversight of the University’s reaccreditation effort with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) which began in 2005 and will result in a report to SACS in early September of this year and final determination in December 2009. Fisk’s provost is also responsible for all academic programs, faculty assessment and curriculum development, as well as, oversight for the University’s gallery programs, library and institutional assessment.
Liverpool earned his undergraduate and M.B.A. degrees from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and earned a doctorate of business administration from Kent State University.
As a professor, Liverpool began his academic career teaching economics and business management at Fisk University in 1971. He eventually served as Chairman of the Fisk University Department of Economics and Management. He also served as professor of management at University of Toledo, Howard University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Most recently, he was a Visiting Professor at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
Liverpool has authored or co-authored over twenty articles focused on organizational development and management that have been published in journals, books and magazines including the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Systems Management and Mid American Journal. Liverpool has also presented papers and articles concerning workers’ participation in decision-making at several national and regional conferences.
Founded in 1866, Fisk is Nashville’s first university. According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk University, a liberal arts university, produces more African Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the natural sciences than any school in the nation.