Dr. James Frank

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – In October of 2020, the NCAA donated $10,000 to establish a scholarship in the name of a devoted alumnus and longtime supporter of collegiate athletics. Dr. James Frank Endowed Scholarship Fund honors the only Lincoln University (MO) alumnus to serve as President of Lincoln University. The scholarship will assist full-time undergraduate students with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

Dr. James Frank graduated from Lincoln University in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. An athlete and athletics fan at heart, Frank, a Pennsylvania native, came to Lincoln on a basketball scholarship. After spending time in military service and completing his graduate degree, Frank returned to Lincoln University in 1956 as an assistant professor and assistant basketball coach. He was named Head Basketball Coach in 1959. His academic and career aspirations led him to Springfield College, Hunter College and Medgar Evers College before his return once again to his alma mater as the 14th President of Lincoln University in 1973.

During his Presidency, Frank was active in the NCAA as a committee member, secretary-treasurer and president, marking his place in history as the first African American and first college president to hold those positions. After then years as President of Lincoln University, he became Commissioner of the Southwestern Athletics Conference (SWAC) serving from 1983 until 1998 and again as Interim Commissioner from 2001 to 2002. Frank passed away in January 2019.

“Dr. James Frank was a friend to many, but to Lincoln University, he was family,” said Jerald Jones Woolfolk, President of Lincoln University. “We thank the NCAA for their recognition of Dr. James Frank for his commitment to collegiate athletics and his devotion to Lincoln University.”

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About Lincoln University of Missouri
Lincoln University of Missouri is a historically black, 1890 land-grant, public, comprehensive institution that provides excellent educational opportunities including theoretical and applied learning experiences to a diverse population within a nurturing, student-centered environment. For more information, visit www.lincolnu.edu.

Bakari Sellers

Bakari Sellers, CNN Political Commentator, and the youngest African American elected official in the country, will deliver the Commencement Address at Paine College on May 5th, and Lincoln University on May 11th. The event will begin for Paine College at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday Morning in the HEAL Complex located at 1255 Druid Park Avenue, Augusta, Georgia. The event will begin for Lincoln University at 10 a.m. at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Paine College and Lincoln University commencement ceremonies are both open to the public.

Elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives at the age of 22, Sellers defeated a 26-year-incumbent and was the youngest member of the state legislature. In 2014, he won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor of South Carolina, and is considered a rising star and a voice for a generation within the party. Sellers earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina. A practicing attorney, Sellers has been a contributor to CNN, was listed in TIME magazine’s “40 under 40” in 2010, and was on “The Root 100” list of 2014 recognizing the most influential African Americans in the nation.

“We are pleased that Bakari Sellers will address the 2019 graduating class,” said Jerry L. Hardee, President of Paine College. “Bakari Sellers has emerged as the ‘voice’ for his generation. We are certain that his message will inspire our graduating seniors as they embark upon their career paths and lives.”

During Paine’s Commencement weekend of activities, Alumni will celebrate classes ending in 4s and 9s. Of special note, the Golden Class of 1969 will celebrate its 50th anniversary. This year, the College will dedicate the Commencement Convocation to the Paine high School graduates. The Class of 1944 is the last class to have graduate under the Paine High School.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to Robert and Charlene Mitchell Auditorium in Richardson Fine Arts Center at Lincoln University. Livestreaming will be available from anywhere at www.lincolnu.edu/live-stream.

Derrick Johnson, President and CEO NAACP

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Lincoln University of Missouri introduces its new discussion series entitled, “A Dream Fulfilled: The Presidential Lecture Series,” an initiative by President Jerald Jones Woolfolk in moving Lincoln as a 21st Century HBCU. This discussion series will begin with the institution’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Program.

The event will premiere on Thursday, January 31 at 6 p.m. in the Robert and Charlene Mitchell Auditorium in Richardson Fine Arts Center on campus. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public. The featured speaker is Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of NAACP.

According to a press release by the University, Johnson, a graduate of Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi and the South Texas College of Law, most previously served as Vice Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors before being named to his current position in October 2017. He also served as state President for the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP. As an activist, he has devoted his time to defending the rights and improving the lives of the residents of Mississippi Access to Justice Commission and as Chair of the Mississippi Governor’s Commission for Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal, which was formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Johnson is the founder of One Voice Inc., an organization that provides civic engagement training for African Americans. In academia, he has served as an guest lecturer at Harvard Law School and as an adjunct professor at Tougaloo College.

“A Dream Fulfilled: The Presidential Lecture Series” will feature nationally renowned speakers monthly from January through April. This unique college series, hosted by Lincoln University, showcases well-known scholars, entertainers, politicians, authors, motivational speakers and activists who deliver messages that resonate with the millennial generation. The series is designed to equip and empower students to overcome the economic, social, cultural, and political challenges of today, as they prepare to reshape the fabric of America as leaders of tomorrow.

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About Lincoln University of Missouri

Lincoln University of Missouri is a historically black, 1890 land-grant, public, comprehensive institution that provides excellent educational opportunities including theoretical and applied learning experiences to a diverse population within a nurturing, student-centered environment. For information, visit www.lincolnu.edu.