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Valerie Harrison

Dr. Valerie I. Harrison
Acting President

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Valerie I. Harrison was appointed Acting President of Lincoln University on November 24, 2014. With more than 15 years of experience in higher education, she will lead the University while the Board carefully considers its options for a long-term interim President and begins its search for the 14th president of the University.

Valerie joined the University in 2013 as its general counsel. She came to Lincoln from Arcadia University, where she served as Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel. She also served as Associate University Counsel and an adjunct professor at Temple University. Her desire to connect young people to educational opportunities inspired her to join academia.

Before higher education, Valerie was an attorney in the Labor and Employment Practice of Morgan Lewis and served as senior counsel at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons and ARCO Chemical Company.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia, her juris doctorate from Villanova University School of Law, a master’s degree in liberal arts and a doctor of philosophy degree in African-American studies, both  from Temple University.  Her doctoral research at Temple was an Afrocentric analysis of the racial significance of Pennsylvania’s K-12 public education funding policy. 

Valerie is also the co-author and co-editor of Color Him Father: Stories of Love & Rediscovery of Black Men, a collection of short stories published in 2006.

A native Philadelphian, Valerie remains active in her local community. She serves on a number of local boards, including serving as Chair of the Board of the Art Sanctuary, an organization that uses Black art to serve some of the most severely under-resourced Philadelphia communities, and to bring people together in a way that erases differences. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia and was recognized by that organization as its Woman of Distinction in 2010. She also is the recipient of the 2013 Legal Achievement Award by Villanova University’s Black Law Students Association.



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