Lincoln University Welcomes Its 14th President Dr. Brenda Allen

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LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Lincoln University welcomed its 14th president, Brenda A. Allen, Ph.D., on July 1. Dr. Allen is quickly becoming acquainted with the current priorities at the institution through meetings with her executive staff, trustees, faculty, alumni, supporters and persons with whom the University does business. She has also begun informal meetings with all departments on the campus in order to meet the employees in their work space and to get their views on things of importance that will enhance the educational experience of our students.

Allen came to Lincoln from Winston-Salem State University where she served as provost and vice president of academic affairs.   Her legacy of accomplishments include leading the revision of the curriculum, overseeing the establishment of WSSU’s first two doctoral programs, expanding undergraduate research funding, restructuring academic support to strengthen advising, creating an Office of Faculty Affairs, strengthening standards for tenure and promotion, and helping raise more than $10 million for capital projects, scholarships, and other student support. Under her leadership, the University’s retention and graduation rates rose, the number of students engaged in research and study abroad increased, and faculty became re-energized.

“Dr. Allen’s commitment to ensuring that our students receive the education they deserve has resulted in a lasting legacy here at WSSU,” said Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson. “Her vision for a university that offers a high-quality, high-impact liberal education has transformed our institution. I am not in the least surprised that she was selected to lead Lincoln University.”

Allen assumed her position as provost at Winston-Salem State University in 2009 after serving six years as associate provost and director of institutional diversity at Brown University. Prior to joining Brown University, Allen held a number of academic and administrative positions at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Promoted through the ranks at Smith to full professor, Allen served as the chair of the African American Studies Department, the assistant to the president and director of institutional diversity, and special assistant to the Provost.

Prior to her tenure at Smith College, Allen spent three years at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where she held several positions, including postdoctoral fellow, postdoctoral associate in the Department of Psychology, and lecturer in the departments of psychology and African American studies.

Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lincoln University, a master’s degree in experimental psychology and a doctorate in developmental psychology, both from Howard University in Washington, DC.

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About Lincoln University

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Located in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, the university is comprised of a student body of approximately 2,100 men and women. It combines the elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate curriculum with select graduate programs aimed at giving students the skills they need to succeed in a highly technological and global society. Notable alumni of the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall; the first African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Lillian Fishburne; noted African American poet, Langston Hughes; the First president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah; and the first president of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe as well as a  myriad of others