Dr. Vernell Bennett-Fairs, President, LeMoyne-Owen College Speaks

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On January 5, 2021, Dr. Vernell Bennett-Fairs became the 13th president of LeMoyne-Owen College.

  • Date: 7/23/2021 12:00 PM - 7/23/2021 01:00 PM
  • Location: Holiday Inn, University of Memphis (Map)
  • More Info: 3700 Central Avenue Memphis, TN 38111





On January 5, 2021, Dr. Vernell Bennett-Fairs became the 13th president of LeMoyne-Owen College.

Dr. Bennett-Fairs is a trained vocalist and orator who has served as an associate professor and college administrator. However, her most cherished role is that of student advocate. Most recently, Dr. Bennett-Fairs served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Delta State University.

During her tenure at DSU, Dr. Bennett-Fairs founded the Okra Patch, an engagement initiative for the entire University community. Dr. Bennett-Fairs transformed DSU’s Office of Admissions’ recruitment operations and marketing. Her all-hands-on-deck approach to recruitment fostered successful collaborations across the campus and community.

A native of Lorain, Ohio, Dr. Bennett-Fairs began her postsecondary career at Kentucky State University as a non-tenure tract Instructor of Music. Dr. Bennett-Fairs’ career spanned 20 years at KSU where her final role was as the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Dr. Bennett-Fairs is a former Who’s Who among College and University Professors. Of all her accolades, her most prized honors are those bestowed upon her by the students, which include KSU Girls Rock, Woman of the Year, the SGA Award of Accomplishment, and her first DSU student award, a Lady Statesman Emerald Award of Excellence for Top Female Administrator.

Dr. Bennett-Fairs is currently a protégé in the 2020-2021 cohort of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Millennium Leadership Initiative, an inaugural member of the Presidential Leadership Institute of the United Negro College Fund, and Super Women in Business. She is an alum of the Executive Leadership Summit, the Hawkins-Scott Leadership Institute, Leadership Kentucky, and Leadership Mississippi. Dr. Bennett-Fairs is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Mississippi Delta Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.

Dr. Bennett received a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Fisk University, a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance from Eastern Michigan University, and a Doctorate of Education in Administration and Instruction from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Bennett-Fairs is married to Patric Fairs and has one adult son, Jeffery.