Lily D. McNair, Ph.D.

President of Tuskegee University

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Dr Lily D. McNair

Dr. Lily D. McNair became Tuskegee University’s eighth president after being unanimously selected by its Board of Trustees.  Beginning July 1, 2018, she will serve as the first female president of the institution in its 136-year history.

Prior to this, McNair served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for Wagner College in New York City. 

Since 2011, McNair has served as the second-ranking executive of Wagner College — a private college of 2,200 students located on New York City’s Staten Island. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. McNair’s higher education career includes other academic, research and executive appointments at Spelman College, University of Georgia, the State University of New York at New Paltz, and Vassar College.

She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Princeton University, and a doctorate in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

McNair’s appointment follows a six-month national presidential search that began on Oct. 18, 2017. During that time, and in partnership with the search firm Isaacson, Miller, the Presidential Search Committee conducted listening sessions with senior administrators, faculty, staff and students; administered a stakeholder survey to garner additional opinions about the requirements, qualifications and opportunities for the university’s eighth president; and evaluated more than a 150 prospective candidates, narrowing the field to a small group who were interviewed in person.

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