NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The Norfolk State University Board of Visitors announced Friday that Dr. Tony Atwater, former president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and current Senior Fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, has been chosen to lead Norfolk State University.
Atwater will become the school's fifth President on July 1.
"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."
"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.
Atwater served as president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 2005-2010.
Atwater, who is 59, has held previous administrative positions, such as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Youngstown State University; dean of the College of Professional Studies and Education at Northern Kentucky University; associate vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Toledo and chairman of the Department of Journalism and Mass Media at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ). Prior to his teaching and administrative career in higher education, he worked as a broadcast journalist on television and at radio stations in Roanoke and Lynchburg, Va.
A native of Nashville, Tenn., Atwater holds a Ph.D. in communication from Michigan State University. He subsequently completed post-doctoral studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Michigan. He also holds a bachelor's degree in mass media arts from Hampton University and completed coursework toward a master of arts degree in education at Virginia Tech.
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