Individuals that define a visionary president are those who are cited for being committed to diversity, engagement with local communities, and committed to equality in opportunity. Mentioned are a few of those visionary leaders who are demonstrating a vision for the future of HBCUs.

Swiftly approaching her full first year as a Historically Black University president, Jerald Jones Woolfolk, 20th President of Lincoln University of Missouri, is at the forefront of continuing the mission of leading LU as a 21st Century HBCU.

Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk, Ph.D., 20th President of Lincoln University – Missouri. Photo Credit: Jefferson City Magazine.

With a work experience of 34 years, and 15 of those years serving in senior level administration positions, President Woolfolk has served at several HBCUs prior too Lincoln. Her presidency will mark one year as of June 1, 2019. The Jackson State University alumna is passionate about the logistics of graduating students within four years of their colligate studies

Featured in the Jefferson City Magazine, Woolfolk stated; “I know the value of an education and how it changes lives and patterns of living. As a native of the Mississippi Delta, one of the most impoverished areas of the country, education was my path to a better life. My parents instilled in my siblings and me from a very early age that we were going to college, and we did.”

Woolfolk’s goal is to strengthen the relationship between Jefferson City and Lincoln University. She wants the community to know that Lincoln University is a partner in the future growth and development of Jefferson City. She currently serves on the Board of Director for United Way of Central Missouri.

Sworn in as the tenth president of Morris College on April 12, 2019, Dr. Leroy Staggers is also a first-time college president. For sixteen years, he served as Academic Dean and Professor of English.

The Voorhees College alumnus has served as the academic dean at Morris College for 16 years. Staggers hopes to work diligently to keep students front and center, in all his decision made. He also plans to build onto the great achievement of past president Dr. Luns C. Richardson, who served the college for 43 years. He died in 2018 at the age of 89.

Before joining the Morris College family in August of 1993, Staggers served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of English and Director of Faculty Development at Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina. He has also worked as his alma mater as Chairman of the Division of Humanities and Assistant Professor of English. Also, Staggers served as Instructor of English and Reading at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.

Dr. Leroy Staggers pictured with students of Morris College.

Credited for her leadership with leading the institution to an increase in enrollment, improvements with tuition cost, and grant growth. Dr. Karrie G. Dixon took the helm as interim chancellor of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) on April 9, 2018.

Dixon, who co-chaired ECSU’s Working Group Phase 2: A New Direction, since October 2017, was appointed by University of North Carolina System Past President, Margaret Spellings. Prior to joining the UNC System, Dixon served a total of 10 years combined at two other UNC campuses. She was an assistance vice provost at North Carolina State University and remains and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the College of Education’s Department of Leadership, Policy, Adult and Higher Education. Dixon received her bachelor’s from NC State University.

Dr. Karrie G. Dixon, Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University.

Rebounding the institution from low enrollment and financial difficulties, after a year Dixon was named by UNC Board of Governors as Chancellor. On Friday, September 6, she will become the 7th chancellor installed and the second woman to hold the position.

ECSU is one of three UNC campuses that is a part of providing $500 tuition per semester in encouraging North Carolina high school graduates to further their education at their institution.

Named as ‘HBCU Male President of the Year’ on numerous occasions, Dr. Makola M. Abdullah exemplifies visionary onward. Serving as the 14th President of Virginia State University since February 1, 2016, Abdullah has proven VSU to its best values and continued growth for long-term success.

Under Abdullah’s leadership, the University had a 30 percent increase in fall 2016 enrollment. In 2017, the University’s first-time Freshmen increased nearly 50 percent than the number in 2015. Previously served as provost and senior vice president at Bethune-Cookman University, he has also served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Florida Memorial University, and dean and director of 1890 land grant programs at FAMU.

An HBCU graduate himself, Abdullah received his undergraduate degree from Howard University in civil engineering from Northwestern University. He also is recognized as the youngest African American to earn a Ph.D. in engineering.

Quoted by him; “I believe in God. I believe in family. I believe in the transformative nature of education. I believe in Virginia State University.”

Dr. Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D.

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Every Monday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs on a daily basis, changing and educating lives while producing the forthcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.

This week’s Chancellor or President:  Dr. Jerald Jones Woolkfolk, Lincoln University – Missouri

Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk, President of Lincoln University of Missouri

Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk has served as the second woman and 20th President of Lincoln University of Missouri since June 1, 2018. Woolfolk is prepared to lead the university to the forefront of 21st Century HBCU. Through her vision of remaining deeply rooted in its historic founding by African American veterans of the Civil War, the university will also educate and graduate well-prepared future leaders in an environment that seeks and promotes diversity and inclusion.

Woolfolk’s higher education career focus has been in the area of student affairs and enrollment management. Prior to her announcement as President of Lincoln University, she served as the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at The State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego from 2014-2018. While at Oswego, she also held positions as a Visiting Associate Professor and the Interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. She has also served as Vice President for Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Diversity at Mississippi Valley State University and Vice President for Student Affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY) College of Staten Island.

In addition, she served as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Associate Dean of Students for Residential Life and Dean of Student Life at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Woolfolk holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Jackson State University; a Master of Science in Counselor Education from Iowa State University; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. In addition, she completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management; the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)/Council of Independent Colleges/Academic Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Academy; the AASCU Millennial Leadership Initiative (MLI) and the Indiana University Certificate in Fundraising Management.

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About  Lincoln University of Missouri

Lincoln University was founded in 1866 by the men of the 62nd and 65th United States Colored Infantries and their white officers, for the special benefit of freed African Americans. Today, Lincoln University’s role in the education of Missourians and others and its service to stakeholders throughout the state, the nation, and across the globe is well recognized. Lincoln University continues to serve the needs of its diverse student body through a tradition of offering innovative programs that makes the college experience special. For more information, visit www.lincolnu.edu.

About the HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions. HCF advocates for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

 

Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Lincoln University of Missouri Board of Curators has named Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk as the university’s 20th President, according to the university’s spokesperson. Woolfolk was selected after a six-month search lead by the Isaacson, Miller Search Firm. Curator Frank J. Logan, Sr. and Curator Winston J. Rutledge, Ed.D., served as co-chairs of the 20-member Presidential Search Committee, which ultimately recommended Woolfolk as the next president of the 152-year-old institution.

Curator Marvin O. Teer, President of the Board of Curators says Woolfolk is the right leader for the university at this point in its legacy. “We have a lot of work to do, and Dr. Woolfolk is exactly who we need at the helm to move us forward.”

Woolfolk is currently the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. She holds roles as a Visiting Professor and the Interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at SUNY. With a strong background in student affairs, she has also served as Vice President for Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Diversity at Mississippi Valley State University and Vice President for Student Affairs at the College Staten Island-City University of New York. In addition, she served as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Associate Dean of Students for Residential Life and Dean of Student Life at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Woolfolk holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Jackson State University, a Master of Science in Counselor Education from Iowa State University; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. In addition, she completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management; the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)/Council of Independent Colleges/Academic Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Academy; The AASCU Millennial Leadership (MLI) and the Indiana University Certificate in Fundraising Management.

Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk will begin as the 20th President of Lincoln University on June 1, 2018. Michael A. Middleton, who has served as Interim President of Lincoln University since July 2017 will continue in that role until then. President Woolfolk will be introduced during the 16th Annual President’s Gala weekend. The Gala is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, beginning at 5 p.m. at The LINC. Additional information regarding the introduction event will be released at a later date.

For more information regarding Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk appointment, please contact Misty Young, Director of University Relations at 573.681.6032 or ur@lincolnu.edu.