Watch The Investiture


Dr. Felecia M. Nave is Alcorn State University’s 20th President and first female president in the school’s history. A 1996 Alcorn alum, Dr. Nave returns with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, a master’s degree in chemical and environmental engineering, a doctorate in engineering, and 18 years of proven success as an innovative educator and leader in complex collegiate environments. Dr. Nave is skilled in developing strategic approaches that lead to sustainable efforts and brings that expertise, combined with a personal connection and commitment to Alcorn, to her role as President.


In 2003, Dr. Nave began her academic tenure at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) as a tenure-track assistant professor. During her 15 years at PVAMU, she successfully matriculated through the academic levels to earn the rank of full professor of Chemical Engineering and advanced into administrative leadership roles, notably as Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2014-2017. In 2018, Dr. Nave was appointed Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at North Carolina Central University where she functioned as the chief academic officer.


Dr. Nave is honored to begin her presidency as we embark on Alcorn’s historic 150th year. She plans to develop and support programs that solidify the university’s position as a leader amongst elite HBCUs. Dr. Nave and her husband, Mr. Tracie Nave, met at Alcorn as undergraduate students. They are the proud parents of four children: Jaylon, Justin, Kennedy, and Jonathan.


Friday, April 16, 2021

Join Us For The Historic Inauguration Of

Dr. Felecia M.Nave

When Alcorn began the search for the university’s 20th president, the committee sought a leader with high academic standards, a passion for quality education, a commitment to a diverse community, and an understanding of the values and mission of HBCUs. This past year, the necessity for those qualities has become imperative in ways we could not have expected. Little did we know that the next president would have grown up right around the corner from Alcorn State University. We certainly did not plan for the next president to be a chemist. We had no idea that the next president would be a woman. The Inauguration of Dr. Felecia Nave is a historic and remarkable one.  We celebrate an answered call; daring the callee to come back home and lead.


Masks required at all events

Social distancing

Space is limited - RSVP will be required for most events



For Delegates, Visitors and Honorary Guests

We are very excited to have you participate in the Inauguration ceremonies as a representative of your distinguished institution. If you have any questions, or if we can serve you in any way, do not hesitate to contact Karen Shedrick, Office of the President, at 601-877-6111 or

Thank you for sharing in this very special day!

Delegates are requested to provide their own academic regalia.



A secure room will be provided for robing and personal belongings that will be staffed during the inaugural event. The Delegates robing will take place on the ground level of Oakland Memorial Chapel. Directional signage and ushers/hosts will be available to assist with room location.


Academic Attire

All delegates in the academic procession are expected to wear academic attire. If you do not have a cap and gown, please contact the school or organization you are representing so that they may provide you with the necessary academic regalia.


The Investiture


Inauguration Ceremony

Robing will begin at 10:00 a.m. Each delegate will have an assigned position in the procession according to the year of the founding of his/her institution. We ask that you be robed no later than 11:00 a.m. so that we can assure the appropriate order of the procession. Alcorn State University staff members will be available to assist you.

Alcorn State University is a premier, comprehensive land-grant university committed to developing diverse students into globally competitive leaders. Alcorn applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships that benefit the surrounding communities, state, nation, and world.

Make a Difference at

Alcorn State University 


Hotel Info


Magnolia Bluffs and Casino

645 South Canal Street

Natchez, MS 39120


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Ameristar Hotel and Casino

4116 Washington Street

Vicksburg, MS 39180



King Edward Hilton Garden Inn

235 West Capitol Street

Jackson, MS 39201



The Westin Jackson

407 S Congress St, Jackson, MS 39201

(601) 968-8200

Special maps will guide you to the Alcorn campus and reserved parking


Reserved parking will be provided for college and university delegates near the Oakland Memorial Chapel. Security personnel and signage will be in place to direct you.  Accessible parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis


Karen Shedrick, Executive Assistant to the President, Office of the President, or 601. 877.6111. For questions or emergencies on the day of the event, contact the Office of Campus Police at 601.877.3000.


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