Krista L. Newkirk

Krista L. Newkirk


President Krista Newkirk


JD, Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary

BA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Krista L. Newkirk spent her early years on a cattle ranch in Missouri, before attending the University of Missouri’s Honor College on scholarship.  After two years, Krista transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she graduated one year later in 1993 in the top 5 percent of her class with an undergraduate degree in English and a minor in Philosophy.  She went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in 1998.  While in law school, Krista served as editor-in-chief of the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law and as a teaching assistant.  She received the Marshall-Wythe Gambrell Professionalism Award and was selected the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate by the National Association of Women Lawyers. During her time in law school, Krista also served as an intern at the Newport News Commonwealth Attorney’s Office where she worked with victims and witnesses, negotiated outcomes for the Domestic Violence unit, and prosecuted cases, including felonies.

After working for several years as an attorney in both private practice and at a Fortune 300 company, in 2003 Krista joined the Office of Legal Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  In that role, Krista provided legal advice to the Chancellor, the Board of Trustees, and faculty and staff on a wide range of legal topics including research, technology transfer, contracts, employment and discrimination matters, intellectual property, licensing, real property, First Amendment, and student affairs matters.  She managed complex litigation, including construction and employment cases, drafted contracts and policies, and served as counsel for several start-up non-profit corporations.

Krista was selected by her peers as a Legal Elite in the corporate counsel category by Business North Carolina in 2010.  She is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina’s Class XIX in 2012, and has served on a number of boards, including as Chair of the Education Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and on the Women + Girls Research Alliance.

In 2012, Krista became the Chief of Staff at UNC Charlotte.  As Chief of Staff, Krista assisted the Chancellor in addressing the major issues confronting the University, managed large-scale projects that crossed divisions, provided coordination for the achievement of strategic goals and initiatives, ensured that analyses were completed to facilitate timely and effective decisions, developed the agendas of the Board of Trustees, and reviewed the annual budget allocations.

On April 19, 2016, Krista was named Converse College’s tenth President, and assumed the role on July 1, 2016.

Krista, and her husband, W. Lewis Glenn III, have two sons: Conrad and Holden.

Read about President Newkirk's Inauguration.