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Lion - Fall 2018 - Reimagining Lincoln Student Success

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For 164 years, Lincoln University has been internationally recognized for its commitment to excellence in scholarship and service. Under President Brenda A. Allen’s leadership, Lincoln’s mission and vision ensures that student success continues moving onward and upward for the 21st century.


Allen believes that student success is designed to create greater functional synergy between the academic support and student life units. This led to the hiring of Dr. Lenetta R. Lee ’85 as the dean of the college and vice president for student success.

According to Allen, "This new position will play a pivotal role in directing efforts to move us toward achieving our vision of becoming a national model for liberal arts education."


two lu studentsEvelyn Poe, the former associate director of the First-Year Program, now serves as the founding associate vice president for academic support. Poe has extensive experience advising and tutoring Lincoln students. In her new role, she coordinates all of the University advising, tutoring, and testing functions.

Leonie Walters, previously a learning specialist in the learning commons, serves as the first-year dean. She leads the FYE course and assists first-year students to find support in all areas of academic and student life.

Dr. Marlayne Manley serves as the transition class dean. She provides guidance for all upper-class students who have not selected a major.

Dr. Mahpiua Deas, the upper class dean, works with all students who have entered into a major area of study.

Class deans facilitate learning by helping students navigate social and academic challenges. Class deans also assist in providing students with accurate and timely information on academic planning.


Students are able to learn, liberate themselves, and lead as part of the High Impact Co-Curricular Student Engagement Unit which houses all of the functions related to academic co-curricular opportunities. This unit provides myriad ways that students can grow personally and professionally. The Office of Career Development helps students and recent graduates identify and implement a strategy to fulfill their personal and professional career goals. The office serves as the bridge between the college experience and employment or graduate school and connects students with the resources, people, organizations, and opportunities that will enable them to bring their career goals to fruition and become socially responsible citizens. The Center for Undergraduate Research promotes an innovative approach to multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary undergraduate research through the scholarship of discovery, creative inquiry, and the scholarship of practical application. Students can also participate in the study abroad program and meet new students from across the globe through the Office of International Programs & Services.

In addition to the existing co-circular units, new co-curricular units have been created to better serve students. Students can now seek internship opportunities and work to develop professional skills in various businesses in the Office of Internship Services and participate in service learning projects through the Office for Community Service & Engagement.

For students who wish to further enhance their skills in the sciences, students are welcomed to participate in the Co-Curricular Pre-Professional
Preparatory Program (CP3) in Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions.


student in lu sweatshirtThe Student Success Division helps students and others to dare to reimagine the Lincoln legacy.

The Division of Student Success challenges students to assert morals and values in their lives. Dr. Frederick T. Faison serves as the inaugural associate dean of the college and dean of students. He continues to encourage students to live their legacy life through character, leadership, and service in expanded ways.

"As members of the Lions’ Pride, we all have been entrusted to do our very best to define success for students," said Faison. 

While retaining his role as university chaplain, Rev. Faison also assumes leadership of counseling services, health services, residence life, student life, and Upward Bound. Public Safety works as an integral unit and is reconfigured to improve the lives of students. 

"As dean of the college and vice president for student success, my hope is that we will reflect values of truth, unity, and love throughout in our work and witness to students to learn, liberate, and lead," said Lee. 


To provide a rigorous liberal arts education featuring active and collaborative learning through: integrating academic and co-curricular programs with the University’s distinctive legacy of global engagement, social responsibility, and leadership development, and cultivating the character, values, and standards of excellence to enable students to become responsible citizens in a global community.

This story originally appeared in the Fall 2018 Lion.