David M. Fryson, Esq.
Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
David M. Fryson was recently named the Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Brandeis University. In 2020 Fryson retired as the Senior Advisor to West Virginia University (WVU) President E. Gordon Gee for Diversity Community Outreach. He previously served as founding Vice President for the WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He also previously served as the Deputy General Counsel for WVU.
Attorney Fryson practiced law for almost 30 years in a variety of legal and advocacy settings. He was the attorney in historic civil rights cases and other major litigation. He also served as the first African American Chief Legal Official for two municipalities in West Virginia and, before becoming an attorney, served on the Governor's Economic Development staff for two West Virginia governors.
Attorney Fryson has spent his life dealing with the issues of diversity. He was a partner in Kingdom Managements, a firm that delivered early diversity and inclusion training and workshops. While working for the West Virginia Governor’s Office he spearheaded statewide minority business ventures and developed programs to assist and develop the minority business community. He has been involved with national, state and local civil rights organizations. In 2001, he served a term as National Vice-President for the legendary Rev. Dr. Leon Sullivan's OIC of America establishing a national office in Washington DC.
In 2014 Fryson was recognized as a West Virginia Bar Fellow which is awarded to lawyers whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession. Fryson also received the 2015 Certificate of Recognition from the West Virginia Governor’s Office and the WV Human Rights Commission for “Extraordinary service to the citizens of West Virginia in the battle for absolute equality.” In 2016 he received a national Role Model Administrator Award from Minority Access, Incorporated in Washington DC for “Exemplary achievement in expanding opportunities of others among many other awards and citations for service.
Fryson is an ordained pastor and has served as an elder and pastor for over 35 years. He is currently the Senior Pastor of the New First Baptist Church of Kanawha City. Formerly Pastor Fryson was the Chief Ministry Officer for the House of the Lord, a progressive, a diverse church with a total membership of over six thousand in Akron, Ohio
Known for his understanding of African American political and cultural history, Fryson writes a statewide newspaper column for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, was one of the inaugural columnists for Black by God, an African American emphasis statewide newspaper, and has often appeared as a political commentator and pundit on radio and television programs.
David and Joy Fryson have been married for almost 46 years and they have three children and five grandchildren. Fryson is a dynamic speaker, an experienced attorney, innovative educator, inspiring writer, empowering manager, an engaged mediator, skilled musician, and an exceptional motivator.