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June 18, 2002*

Lincoln University Appoints Dr. Grant D. Venerable, II
Vice President for Academic Affairs

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – Dr. Grant D. Venerable, II, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs for Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Ga., and who has many years of experience as a chemist and college administrator, is the new vice president for Academic Affairs for Lincoln University. He started June 15, 2002.

Dr. Venerable is responsible for providing the leadership for developing, planning, implementing and evaluating the University’s progress in accordance with Lincoln's Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan. This includes working with faculty committees and other bodies as well as setting academic and budget standards to ensure that Lincoln’s students benefit from the highest quality of instruction. In addition, he is responsible for ensuring that faculty and staff have access to ongoing professional development opportunities.

Moreover, the vice President for Academic Affairs is a member of University President Ivory V. Nelson’s Cabinet, and works closely with the President to help attract external funds, and advises the President on all academic matters. He also represents the President at meetings and special events, and before educational, governmental and accreditation agencies.

Dr. Saligrama C. SubbaRao, who had been serving as interim vice president for Academic Affairs since 2000, has resumed his position as a full professor of chemistry. Dr. SubbaRao has taught at Lincoln since 1969 and has headed several academic and administrative departments, including acting vice president of Academic Affairs from 1989 to 1990.

A resident of Tyrone, Ga., Dr. Venerable has gained nearly 40 years of extensive professional experience, including as an award-winning scientist, corporate executive, prolific writer and academic administrator. He is also a much sought-after lecturer.

While serving as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Morris Brown College, Dr. Venerable assisted the president in supervising 230 staff, 170 faculty members, and 3,000 students, and administering an annual budget of $36 million. Dr. Venerable also served an 11-month stint at Morris Brown as dean of the faculty, interim dean of the college, and a professor-at-large of chemistry, technology and civilization. Concurrently, he chaired the Council of Chief Academic Officers for the Atlanta University Center in Georgia.

Before joining Morris Brown, Dr. Venerable served at several other colleges and universities, including as associate provost and associate vice president of academic affairs at Chicago State University; professor of natural science and African American studies, College of Ethnic Studies, at San Francisco State University; adjunct professor of information and technology in the Master of Business Administration program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he was adjunct professor of information and technology in the M.B.A. program. He has also held teaching positions in California at Laney College in Oakland, University of California in Santa Cruz, California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California State University in Los Angeles, and for the Duarte Unified School District in Duarte.

Dr. Venerable has considerable business experience. From 1992 to 1999, he was president and CEO of Ventek Software, Inc., in Richmond, Calif. From 1982 to 1989, he was executive vice president of Omnitrom Associates in San Rafael, Calif., as well as a partner in the Coral Group and Courtland Group, a subsidiary of Omnitrom. He has also consulted for several other California companies including Banks Brown, Inc., in San Francisco.

Prior to compiling his prestigious track record, Dr. Venerable served as a United States Atomic Energy Commission postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA School of Medicine’s nuclear medicine laboratory. He was also a resident research associate in the Radiation Chemistry Section of the Argonne National Laboratory, near Chicago, Ill.

Dr. Venerable earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1970 and a master of science in chemistry in 1967 from the University of Chicago. He received his bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1965. He has published six books and nearly a dozen academic articles, including four monographs. He also has written an article for the San Francisco Examiner and been published in the letters-to-the-editor section of the Wall Street Journal.

His honors and awards include the JGT Foundation – National Educational Leadership Award (1996); Step To College Distinguished Teaching Award from San Francisco State University (1991); California Alliance for Arts Education Outstanding Achievement Award (1990); and the Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Fraternity Molecular Art Appreciation Award (1984). In addition, he received the National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Summer Fellowship through Michigan State University (1978). In 1974, he was named a Danforth Associate for the Danforth Foundation. From 1973 to 1976, he received a $48,000 research grant from the California State University Fund for Innovation.

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is a premier, Historically Black University that combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of students living in a highly technological and global society.

Lincoln University is ranked first in Pennsylvania and second in the nation in graduating African Americans with baccalaureate degrees in the physical sciences. Lincoln is also the only university in the Commonwealth and one of but 20 universities nationwide where 40 percent or more of its physics graduates are women.

*Reissued from April 18, 2002.

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Samuel W. Pressley, Director
Howard G. Kelly, Jr. Assistant Director
Lincoln University's Office of Marketing & Communications,
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