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A Chat With Southern University Chancellor Kofi Lomotey

Weeks before formally assuming his position as the new chancellor of Southern University and A&M College at Baton Rouge, Dr. Kofi Lomotey sat down with Diverse to discuss the future of the institution and other historically Black colleges including Fisk University, where Lomotey previously served as executive vice president, provost and professor.

Prior to his appointment at Fisk, Lomotey served as president and professor of education at Fort Valley State University; senior vice president, provost and professor of education at Medgar Evers College; chair and professor of administrative and foundational services in the College of Education at Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, as well as in other administrative and teaching posts at State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 1992, Lomotey became the first Black department head at Louisiana State University.

A native of New York, Lomotey founded and served as principal of Shule Ya Taifa, a pre-school and elementary school in East Palo Alto, Calif., and Shule Ya Kujitambua in Oberlin, Ohio.

Lomotey holds a doctorate and master’s degree in educational administration and policy analysis from Stanford University, a master’s of education in curriculum and instruction from Cleveland State University and a bachelor’s in economics with a minor in Black studies from Oberlin College.

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