C.G. Newsome is the former president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the past president of Shaw University and previously served as dean of the School of Divinity at Howard University. He was a member of the Duke Divinity School faculty for eight years.
Dr. Newsome is a triple Duke alumnus, receiving a B.A. in religion in 1972, a Masters in Divinity in 1975, and a Ph.D. in religion in 1982.
He has served on several major committees of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and is a member and past president of the Society of Black Religion, a nationwide think tank of scholars engaged in studying the religious experience of African Americans.
He and his wife, Lynne Platt Newsome T'73, G'75, have two adult daughters.
Elected to the Duke University Board of Trustees in 2002, Dr. Newsome serves on the Human Resources Committee and the Undergraduate Education Committee. He previously served as chair of the Committee on Honorary Degrees and was a member of the Academic Affairs Committee.
While an undergraduate, Dr. Newsome lettered in football and was twice named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Team. He was selected to deliver the student commencement address in 1972. During his doctoral studies, he received a number of awards and fellowships, including the prestigious James B. Duke Dissertation Year Fellowship. He has served on the Divinity School Board of Visitors and as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.