What You Need To Know About Julius Franklin Nimmons Jr

Julius Franklin Nimmons Jr


Julius Franklin Nimmons Jr., an academic historian and university administrator, was born on September 11, 1939, in Danville, Virginia, to Julius Franklin Nimmons Sr. of Scotia, South Carolina, and Mozella Flannagan of Danville. He has two younger sisters. In 1958, Nimmons graduated from Langston High School in the city and enrolled at Morehouse College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1962.

Nimmons worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia from 1962 to 1964 and as the Associate Peace Corps Director in Somalia from 1964 to 1967.

Nimmons received his Master of Arts in European History from Atlanta University in 1967. He joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s Phi Lambda Chapter in 1969 and is a life member.


On May 17, 1969, he married Shirley Wilkins of LaGrange, North Carolina, in the St. Augustine’s College Chapel. Before divorcing in 2004, they had two daughters, Keiba and Shayla.

Nimmons was an American Council on Education Fellow in 1978, and that same year he was named Alpha Phi Alpha’s Outstanding Teacher by the Phi Lambda Chapter. In 1981, he received a Doctor of Philosophy in American History from Howard University in Washington, D.C., for his dissertation, “Social Reform and Moral Uplift in the Black Community, 1890-1910 Social Settlements, Temperance, and Social Purity.”

Nimmons’ tenure as a professor at Saint Augustine’s University, where he worked from 1967 to 1988, coincided with this research. Dr. Nimmons was appointed Chair of the Division of Social Sciences and Special Assistant to Dr. Prezell Robinson, President of Saint Augustine’s College, in 1968.

Dr. Nimmons resigned from St. Augustine’s in 1988 to become the ninth President of Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas. From 1988 to 1991, he was stationed there. He collaborated with The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering to establish a two-year pre-engineering program at Jarvis.

Dr. Nimmons served as Dean of Arts and Sciences at Harford Community College in Belaire, Maryland, from 1990 to 1993. He was named provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) in 1993, and three years later he was named interim president during a period of campus unrest. Nimmons was named the sixth President of UDC and served until 2001.

He was instrumental in restoring financial stability, increasing student enrollment, and keeping UDC accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

After leaving the presidency of UDC, Dr. Nimmons remained as a Distinguished Professor of history at the university until his retirement in 2005. From 2006 to 2018, he lived in Monroe, North Carolina, and taught history at Central Piedmont Community College.



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