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Lion - Fall 2018 - Message From The President

Dear Friends of Lincoln University,

allen_headshot.jpgFall is a special time of year on the campus. New students are excitedly looking forward to meeting their new classmates while returning students are eager to reconnect with campus life. Together, both groups will create new memories through such shared experiences as attending classes, eating in the dining hall, participating in student organizations, and cheering their classmates on the gridiron.

October marks one year since my inauguration as the 14th president of this distinguished institution. After a broadly inclusive, evidence-based process, we launched a new strategic plan titled: “Reimagining the Legacy: Learn. Liberate. Lead.” The plan acknowledges that the liberal arts’ use of curricular and co-curricular opportunities as the vehicles for honing essential skills like critical thinking, speaking, writing, and problem solving remains the best approach for preparing graduates to thrive. This is especially the case given the unprecedented market shifts so characteristic of this global, 21st century knowledge-based economy. This summer, we undertook a major reorganization to align the resources needed to achieve our educational goals. The forthcoming annual report will showcase more ways we have begun implementing the strategic plan.

In this issue of the Lincoln Lion Magazine, we share updates on enrollment, finances, community engagement, government relations, academics, student success, institutional advancement, alumni, and athletics. Athletics celebrates a special milestone: the 10th anniversary of the return of football. Plan to meet your friends or classmates at a game. Throughout the magazine, you will be introduced to members of the University who focus each and every one of their efforts on advancing student success. You will also learn about the University's strategic journey and how you can participate in that journey to fortify Lincoln's distinctive niche in the world of liberal arts institutions. In addition, we share the annual donors honor roll of those who made outright contributions, and we remember and honor the memory of our fallen lions.

I hope to see you as you plan to meet your friends or classmates at a football game or during Homecoming Weekend Oct. 12 to Oct. 14. As we look forward to 2019, make plans to travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament Feb. 26 to March 2, and return back to Lincoln University May 3 to May 5 for Commencement and Reunion Weekend.

This story originally appeared in the Fall 2018 Lion.