July 14, 2003
University Board of Trustees Elects Frank C. Gihan as
a 1972 Lincoln Graduate, is Director of Community Relations
for the Chicago Tribune.
University, PA (www.lincoln.edu)Lincoln University
Board of Trustees has elected Frank C. Gihan, a 1972 Lincoln
graduate and director of Community Relations for the Chicago
Tribune, as its new Chairman. Gihan, who has been a member
of the Board since 1997 and had served as Vice Chairman
since 2002, will serve a one-year term. He succeeds Adrienne
G. Rhone '76, who has chaired the Board since 1999.
Calvin S. Morris '63, Ph.D., who had been serving as the
Board's Secretary, has been elected to serve a one-year
term as Vice Chair. Dr. Morris is executive director of
the Community Renewal Society, a Chicago-area anti-poverty
director of Community Relations for the Chicago Tribune,
Gihan directs a staff that manages annual corporate contributions,
strategic philanthropy, employee involvement programs,
cause marketing, community events, and external community
and organizational relationships. He also assists the
president/publisher on special projects. In addition,
he serves as president of the Chicago Tribune Foundation
and co-chair of Chicago Tribune Charities.
Gihan was home office director of public and community
affairs at McDonald's Corporation. A 20-year veteran at
McDonald's, Gihan's positions also have included senior
regional marketing/advertising manager in Philadelphia,
U.S. communications director, national franchising director,
and senior community development manager. In 1990, he
received the company's prestigious President's Award for
his outstanding contributions and service.
has held a variety of professional positions including
as a senior account executive at Burson Marsteller public
relations company in New York, reporter at the former
Philadelphia Bulletin, television commentator and talk-show
host at WMHT-TV in Schenectady, NY, and adjunct professor
in hospitality at New York University.
native of New York City, Gihan holds a master's degree
in Communications/Technical Writing from Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute in Troy, NY, where he has also completed doctoral
courses. He holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature
from Lincoln University, and a Spanish certificate from
Instituto Linguistico Atenas in Costa Rica. He also is
a graduate of Northwestern University's Media Management
Center's Advanced Executive Program.
has received numerous leadership and community service
awards from such organizations as the Quad County (Aurora)
and Philadelphia Urban Leagues, United Negro College Fund,
Boy Scouts of America, and NAACP. He currently serves
as a board member and officer of 100 Black Men of Chicago,
DuSable Museum of African American History and the Quad
County (Aurora, IL) Urban League. He is a fellow of Leadership
Greater Chicago and a McCormick Tribune Foundation Fellow.
and his wife, Merial, reside in Naperville, IL. They have
two adult children.
in 1854 as America's first Historically Black University,
Lincoln University provides 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.
April 2003 through May 2004, the University is celebrating
its sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, with an array
of campus and external events, activities, and announcements.