Norfolk, Va.— On Friday, April 22, the Norfolk State University Board of Visitors announced that Tony Atwater, former president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and current Senior Fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, was chosen to lead Norfolk State University as its fifth president. His appointment is effective July 1, 2011.
“Atwater’s impressive record as a president, senior administrator and teacher/scholar is a remarkable match of the presidential profile developed in conjunction with the larger NSU community,” said NSU Rector Edward L. Hamm, Jr. “Atwater has been charged by the NSU Board of Visitors to lead the operations, growth and visionary planning for the university, while maintaining the wonderful spirit that has always resounded at NSU.”
Upon accepting the NSU Board of Visitors’ appointment, Atwater expressed his gratitude to Rector Hamm and board members for their confidence in his future leadership and stewardship of Norfolk State University. “I pledge my best efforts to work collaboratively with all sectors of the university to advance NSU to the next level of academic excellence and national distinction,” said Atwater. “I look forward to serving the students, the faculty, staff and administrators of this excellent university.”
Kim Luckes will continue to serve as acting president until Atwater’s arrival. She is expected to remain at NSU in a senior administrative/leadership role, continuing to augment the exceptional talent added to the university over the past nine months.
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