Colby College has announced the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees. These individuals will bring to the board their unique expertise and perspectives in education, management, and national affairs, bolstering the College’s commitment to deliver a world-class education to an ever-more diverse student body and equip graduates with the deep skills necessary to have a profound impact on the world.
Joining the board as corporate trustees are Brenda Allen, president of Lincoln University; Eric DeCosta ’93, executive vice president and general manager of the Baltimore Ravens; and Amy Walters ’91, Litt.D. ’17 national editor of The Cook Political Report. They will each serve a four-year term.
Brenda A. Allen is the 14th president of Lincoln University in Pennslyvania, the country’s first-degree granting historically black college and university (HBCU) institution. A respected leader, effective administrator, and successful fundraiser, Allen is implementing a strategic plan at Lincoln to cement the university’s place among outstanding liberal arts institutions. Her priorities include enhancing academic quality and improving operational effectiveness. Prior to joining Lincoln in 2017, she served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Winston-Salem State University. Previously, she was associate provost and director of institutional diversity at Brown University, raising nearly $15 million to support diversity goals and leading efforts that culminated in 36-percent and 45-percent increases in the number of women and minority faculty members, respectively. Earlier, at Smith College, she held administrative positions, rose through the ranks to full professor, and chaired the African American Studies Program.
Allen has been named one of Philadelphia’s most influential African American leaders by the Philadelphia Tribune, and just last month, one of the ten most dominant HBCU leaders of 2021 by the HBCU Campaign Fund. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Lincoln University and an M.S. in experimental psychology and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Howard University.
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About Colby College Chartered in 1813, when Maine was still part of Massachusetts, Colby is the 12th oldest independent liberal arts college in the nation. Since its founding the College has pioneered several important initiatives in higher education. For more information, visit www.colby.edu.
About Lincoln University Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world. For more information, visit www.lincoln.edu.
(WEST CHESTER, PA) – Lincoln University President Brenda A. Allen will address the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Roundtable on January 26 at 6 p.m.
President Allen will share how she leads through a crisis and the ability to persist. Attendees will have time to engage with each other in several breakout sessions.
As Lincoln University’s 14th president, Allen has been aggressively implementing a strategic plan designed to ensure Lincoln’s place among great liberal arts institutions. The plan builds upon the university’s strong legacy of using the liberal arts as the vehicle for producing world leaders who are globally engaged and committed to social justice.
The GWCC Women’s Roundtable Series, sponsored by Miles Financial Management, Inc., connects attendees with extraordinary female speakers from the Greater West Chester regions and presents unique networking for professional women.
“Dr. Allen is an inspiring woman that has faced man challenges in her life head-on, and I, as well as many other, am eager to learn from her experiences,” said Melissa Hawes, Founder of Miles Financial Management, Inc. “We are happy to sponsor such a great and well-rounded series as the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Roundtable.”
The Women’s Roundtable event is open to members and non-members; registration is required. Registration is $10 for Greater West Chester Chamber of Commence members and $20 for non-member. Those who want to attend but can’t afford to may select the complimentary ticket option.
About Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commence (GWCC) is a membership-based not-for-profit business organization, centrally located in the heart of Chester County, PA. GWCC is devoted to serving businesses, entrepreneurs, and consumers in the greater West Chester region by providing advocacy, resources, and opportunities to its member and the community. For more information, visit https://greaterwestchester.com.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – The Lincoln University Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new 5-year employment contract for President Brenda A. Allen.
“I am committed to united leadership and collaboration with Dr. Allen,” said Theresa R. Braswell, Board Chairlady (’84). “The board is eager to work with Dr. Allen to advance the legacy and support the mission of the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College & University.”
“The board is pleased with the direction of Lincoln and credits the recent successes of the University to Dr. Allen’s leadership and the team she has assembled. In the past three years, with her vision, leadership, and tireless devotion, the Lincoln community has experienced renewed energy.”
Since Allen became the 14th president in 2017, she has focused the University’s resources on student success by reinvesting in Lincoln’s roots as a world-class liberal arts institution.
“I am confident that the administration and the board are more aligned in our vision for the future because of discussions during the past three months,” said Allen. “By working together with the board, we will lead this institution through this unprecedented time and emerge more resilient and ready for the next 167 years. We have developed a clear strategy for reimagine the legacy of Lincoln. Now let’s keep moving forward.”
Allen led a concerted, multifaceted effort to build upon the University’s strong legacy of producing world leaders, its global engagement, and its commitment to social justice. She implemented a new, comprehensive strategic plan, Reimaging the Legacy: Learn.Liberate.Lead., and completed a comprehensive, University-wide restructuring to implement the strategic plan. Her leadership during a self-study that culminated in the 10-year reaccreditation of the University by the Middle State Commission on Higher Education. For two straight years, the University has been ranked as a top 20 HBCU by U.S. News & World Report.
About Lincoln University Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world. Lincoln offers a rigorous liberal arts educations to a diverse student body of approximately 2,200 men and women in more than 35 undergraduate and graduate programs.for more information, visit www.lincoln.edu.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Lincoln University has been awarded federal funding for construction of a new agriculture building. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant totaling $1,185,117 will be used to build a multipurpose agriculture facility on the University’s main campus. The $1.1 million goes does not require matching funding.
According to a press release by the University, the Cooperative Research and Extension building will house state-of-the-art laboratories, learning space and a hall with the space and technology capabilities to host conferences. Dr. Majed El-Dweik, Interim Dean of the College of Agriculture, Environmental and Human Sciences stated; “This is exciting news for our Lincoln University and it will have a positive impact our Research and Extension activities and the learning opportunities for our students and populations we serve.”
Plans for facility are in the very initial stage, says El-Dweik, and the University will work with the USDA to secure additional funding in the future to create this innovative facility which will benefit not only Lincoln University, but the agricultural community around the nation.
About Lincoln University – 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 expeirences to a diverse population within a nurturing, student-centered environment. To learn more about Lincoln University, visit www.lincolnu.edu.
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 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.
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.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – A new program under the Lincoln University School of Graduate Studies will provide students a faster track to licensure as a professional counselor in the state of Missouri. The Education Specialist degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling which was approved by the Lincoln University Board of Curators during their September 2018 meeting, will move graduates toward professional licensure once they complete one year and 1,500 hours of post-graduate supervised counseling. By comparison, students who complete a master-level degree program must complete three years and 3,000 hours of post-graduate supervised counseling as a requirement to become a licensed professional counselor.
Dr. John D. Jones, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lincoln University, says the program was developed based on a measured need. “There were surveys as well as listening sessions and group discussions with individuals who were interested and practicing professionals. A demand for the degree was indicated through those surveys,” said Jones.
According to an press release by the university, nationally, according to data collected by Mental Health America, a not for profit organization aimed at promoting mental health issues and addressing the needs of those who suffer from mental illness, 1 in 5 adults (more than 40 million individuals) have some sort of mental health condition and youth depression is on the rise. In addition, data shows a shortage in the mental health workforce, with up to six times the individuals requiring care to the available number of mental health professionals.
The program will launch in January 2019. Students must hold a master’s degree in counseling or other related field for admission into the Education Specialist in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program. For more information, please visit www.lincolnu.edu.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Lincoln University of Missouri has named Arkansas native and UAPB alumnus, Dr. Miron P. Billingsley as the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. Billingsley will begin serving on September 4.
Dr. Billingsley has countless years of experience in higher education as a professor, dean, director and vice president. Prior to his appointment at Lincoln University, he served as Executive Director of Enrollment Management at Jarvis Christian College. Prior to then, he served as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at North Carolina Central University in 2014 and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Prairie View A&M University in 2008.
While at PVAMU, Dr. Billingsley provided vision, direction, and review of student service operations. Under his leadership, he established a Counseling Center on campus, created a Veterans Center to recruit and retain military veterans and cultivated partnerships with all areas of the university to deliver seamless service to students. Additionally, Dr. Billingsley formed a Parent’s Association and led Student Affairs through a successful re-accreditation self-study and campus evaluation visit.
Prior to PVAMU, Dr. Billinsley served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, AR. He has also worked as an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University in Houston, Director of Training and Development for PeopleSoft at the University of Houston and Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Langston University. In addition to his higher education experience, Dr. Billingsley served four years in the U.S. Navy as a radio man on the USS Bunker Hill.
Dr. Billingsley earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a master’s degree in telecommunications from Texas Southern University, and Doctor of Education degree from Oklahoma State University. He completed post-doctoral studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Education and the Executive Leadership Institute through the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Dr. Billingsley is married to national bestselling author, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and is the father of four children.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – In competing her third week as the second woman and 20th president of Lincoln University of Missouri, Dr. Jerald Jones-Woolfolk has announced new administrative appointments to the cabinet today. The announcement of new appointments includes Dr. John Jones, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs for Graduate Education at Keiser University, and Dr. Marcus Chanay, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management at Jarvis Christian College. Dr. Woolfolk’s strategic goal is to move Lincoln forward into the future as a relevant 21st-century HBCU in maintaining its legacy as “This Is Lincoln.”
Dr. John Jones, who will take on the role as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, completed his undergraduate education at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1983. After working with the Department of Social Services in Mecklenburg County, he pursued and completed his master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in education research and evaluation and higher education leadership, respectively. Specifically prepared in higher education administration, Dr. Jones has more than 13 years of higher education experience at the senior administrative level, seven of which are direct experiences in academic administration as an associate and assistant to the chief academic officer. His other experience in higher education administration includes, but are not limited to, assessment of student learning and academic administrative operations, academic program assessment and development/implementation, and grantsmanship.
As a higher education administrator at five or more different Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Jones is an expert on institutional accreditation and consults with colleges and universities across the southern region. Dr. Jones is also a member of several professional organizations and associations of institutional research and accreditation.
Dr. Marcus Chanay will take on his new role as Vice President for Student Affairs. He currently serves in the position of Vice President of Student Services at Jarvis Christian College and previously served as Vice President for Student Life at Jackson State University. Dr. Chanay received his bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, a masters degree in education administration and doctoral degree in urban higher education both from Jackson State University.
Lincoln University’s Board of Curators named Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk as the university’s 20th President on March 13, 2018. Prior to her appointment, she previously served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. Dr. Woolfolk served in numerous higher education leadership positions including 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 of New York.
Dr. Woolfolk holds a bachelor’s of science in psychology degree from Jackson State University, a masters 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.
Institutions that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) became in existence. Currently, there are 100 HBCUs in the United States, including public and private institutions. Majority of these institutions lie in the hard of the south, but there are two mid-west HBCUs that served in the northern state of Missouri.
Founded by the St. Louis Public Schools as a normal school and became the first public teacher education institution and the 12th such institution in the United States. Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU), stands as the only HBCU in the St. Louis region, which has ties in the segregation era before becoming a designated HBCU. HSSU celebrates 161 years of existence and has been firmly committed to providing a high-quality higher education experience that is both affordable and accessible to a diverse population.
Referring back to HCF’s The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2018, HSSU has been under the leadership of Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack since 2014. Under his tenure, HSSU has increase grants totaling approximately $3.5 million, approved to offer graduate degree programs for the first time in university history, which was enabled by Senate Bill 334, increased academic degree programs by 100%, going from 14 majors to 31 majors and minors in one year and increasing applications by over 100% in the past five years.
Since 2014, HSSU has been ranked nationally for its academic programs in publications such as Diverse Issues in Higher Education and as one of the top HBCUs in U.S. News & World Report’s annual college ranking. Furthermore, through it all, HSSU has faced punches from drastic state-funding cuts and being one of the “underfunding” HBCUs of Missouri along with Lincoln University located in Jefferson City.
Though Lincoln University faces diversity issues preferably being an HBCU in a more “white” populated town, LU continues to push through striving to serve academic excellence. Selecting a new president, Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk who begun her tenure as of June 1, she comes to the helm of leading the institution with a student population of 47% White, 41% African-American and 12% International and other. A big concern for the African-American students is that Lincoln University may unspecific its status as an HBCU.
Despite that these institutions were established as HBCUs, they are often overlooked and criticized for failure. None like no other black college or university, these institutions are also encountering with enrollment and retention difficulties. Also named as one of The Ten Most Dominant HBCU Leaders of 2018, under Dr. Kevin Rome leadership, Lincoln University was reported to only graduated one-quarter of its student, according to a source and federal statistics. Meanwhile, Lincoln also saw a 7 percent drop in enrollment back in 2016, while losing two-degree programs and sports programs. Though, he was responsible for a 50% increase in student enrollment in addition to the creation of institutional programs and initiatives. Dr. Rome left Lincoln University in the summer of 2017 to become the 16th president of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Recently, published in an op-ed that appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, a “guest editor,” launched a savagely racist rant, attacking HSSU President Dr. Dwaun Warmack, Board of Regents, administration and faculty and staff, stating “Poor leadership is rewarded at Harris-Stowe.” Dr. Warmack was criticized for spending his state-funded travel allowance to walk away with nothing more than a photo and a story about a meeting with President Trump. The article also states, Harris-Stowe failed to meet four out of five basic performance-based funding criteria, and that university official continued to stupidly cheerlead and cover up what has effectively become an academic shipwreck. He was also criticized for asking for more money from the state and allied with the local branch of the NAACP to demonstrate on his behalf and ignoring the consequences of performance-based funding.
In the mist of the NAACP standing to challenge the rights and the state’s treatment towards black colleges. The organization announced the formation of a group called the Coalition of Equity and Excellence in Higher Education, which will “conduct activities to achieve educational and charitable objectives within the State of Missouri, focusing primarily on activities that ensure equity for Missouri’s Historic Black Colleges and Universities.”
Dr. Warmack strikes back with a co-op entitled “Harris-Stowe has the right to exist.” In that article, Warmack expressed that HSSU is far from being an endangered institution and from data the reflects during 2014-2018; three years of enrollment growth landed at 19.3 percent, with no additional state-funding, while donor and external funding has doubled during that same period.
Consequently, as a segregation state being that HBCUs are not wanted in the state of Missouri but were and are allowed, will our HBCUs continue to thrive in the forthcoming years? I have faith they’ll, with the aid of a dominant and compassionate administration, Board of Regents or Curators, faculty, and staff, students, alumni and stakeholders, our HBCUs in Missouri must not continue to be overlooked for their operational and academic serving use as state institutions.
Giving up is not an option when it comes to the state of Missouri and its treatment towards black colleges. A continued fight and given support must occur in so that the black colleges not only in Missouri back across the nation receive the proper state-funding that is needed so that students are adequately equipped with the necessary and demand tools for economic growth. Lincoln University also holds the distinction as an 1890 Land-Grant institution, which was reported that the U.S. House of Representatives voted 213-198 to defeat what is known as The Farm Bill. This bill supports agricultural extensions at 1890 Land-Grant institutions such as Lincoln.
In 1866, Lincoln University (formally Lincoln Institute) was formally established under an organization committee. At the close of the Civil War, soldiers and officers of the 62nd and 65th U.S. Colored Infantry took steps to found such an educational institution in Jefferson City, Missouri. On September 17, 1866, the school opened its doors to the first class.
As President and CEO of the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF), our mission is to support the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at HBCU and PB institutions, while also advocating for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. We stand behind the Presidents of the two illustrious Historically Black institutions that deserve the right to exist and continue providing that high-quality education to scholar students who will succeed as dominant leaders. HCF will continue to advocates for HBCUs as long as we are in existence as an organization.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.