Thursday, March 4, 2004

Lincoln Marks 150th with Birthday Celebration and Honors Convocation on April 15; Event to Feature Founder of Future Focus 2020 at Wake Forest University, As Keynote Speaker
Dr. Nat Irvin is the founder of a corporation dedicated to bringing futuristic thinking to urban America and minority communities.

Lincoln University, PA (www.lincoln.edu)– Lincoln University–-the nation’s first Historically Black University---will mark its 150th anniversary with a Honors Convocation and celebration on Thursday, April 15, 2004 at 11 a.m. in the main gymnasium of Manuel Rivero Hall.

The Honors Convocation will recognize the University’s top academic students.

The event’s keynote speaker, Dr. Nat Irvin, is executive professor of Future Studies and assistant dean for MBA Student Development at Wake Forest University-Winston Salem, North Carolina, will be the keynote speaker.

Dr. Irvin is the founder of Future Focus 2020, a non-profit, non-partisan corporation dedicated to providing leadership and bringing futuristic thinking to urban America and minority communities. As president of this groundbreaking initiative, Dr. Irvin has engaged many groups and organizations in strategic conversations about the future and focused on the significant social, political, economic, technological as well as environmental trends and events that will have the greatest impact on urban communities by the year 2020.

Some of the major companies and government agencies Dr. Irvin has worked with include Global Business Network (GBN), Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS), Ford Foundation, U.S. Customs, U.S. Department of Education, Sara Lee Corporation and GlaxoSmithKline. In addition to his academic and corporate endeavors, Dr. Irvin has been a columnist for the Winston-Salem Journal for 10 years and provides commentary for National Public Radio’s (NPR) “Weekend Edition.” Dr. Irvin is also a partner in the North Carolina firm of Irvin, Goforth & Irvin, a training and communications consulting firm dedicated to advancing communications in changing environments.

Dr. Irvin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and Masters degree in media arts from University of South Carolina. Dr. Irvin earned his Doctorate of musical arts from the University of North Texas and is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Located in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, Lincoln University is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics); computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences. The University is in the midst of a yearlong celebration of its sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary. Lincoln will hold 150th anniversary galas this spring in Washington, D.C. (April 17) and New York City (May 6). For more information on Lincoln, please visit our Web site at www.lincoln.edu.

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For more information, contact:
Samuel W. Pressley, Director
Howard G. Kelly, Jr. Assistant Director
Lincoln University's Office of Marketing & Communications,
610-932-1094; e-mail: spressley@lu.lincoln.edu; home: 856-582-9574; hkelly@lu.lincoln.edu

 

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