Two Black Colleges Name New Presidents

Larry E. Rivers was named president of Fort Valley State University, a historically black educational institution in Georgia. He will assume his new duties on March 14.  

For the past four years, Rivers, who is a 1973 alumnus of Fort Valley State, was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida A&M University.

Rivers holds a master’s degree in American history and political science from Villanova University. He earned his first doctorate in American history and curriculum development from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2001 he earned a second doctorate from the University of London in African-American and cultural studies.  


Jimmy R. Jenkins was named president of Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Jenkins previously served as president of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. He previously was president and a professor of biology at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. He took office at Livingstone College immediately after the announcement of his appointment.

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