Linda Strong-Leek Is the New Provost at Berea College in Kentucky

Linda Strong-Leek was appointed provost at Berea College in Kentucky. She is the first African-American to serve as a senior academic administrator at Berea College.

Since 2015, Dr. Strong-Leek had been serving as vice president for diversity and inclusion at the college. Earlier in 2012, she was named associate vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Strong-Leek is also a professor of women’s and gender studies.

Prior to joining the faculty at Berea College in 2002, Dr. Strong-Leek taught at Florida International University in Miami. She is the author of Excising the Spirit: A Literary Analysis of Female Circumcision (Africa World Press, 2009).

Dr. Stong-Leek holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from North Carolina Central University in Durham. She earned a Ph.D. in English with concentrations in African and African American literature and African American history at Michigan State University.


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  1. Tamara says:

    Wow! Congratulations! She was my professor here at FIU (Florida International University). I loved her classes and now I teach part time at FIU and model my classed after her.

  2. Bree Cook says:

    So proud to say I know Dr. Strong-Leek! She is an amazing academic and administrator and Berea College is blessed to have her as Provost and Professor. We all learned so much from her at Harvard’s IEM 2019 this past July. Way to go Berea!!

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