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Lincoln University Board Of Trustees Announce Leadership Change

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LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA - The Lincoln University Board of Trustees announced today that Brenda A. Allen has completed her term as the institution’s president as of June 30, 2020.

"The Board of Trustees recognizes the significant contributions that Dr. Allen has made to Lincoln University and we wish to thank her for the leadership she has provided.” said Theresa R. Braswell (’84), Chair of the Lincoln University Board of Trustees. "On behalf of the Lincoln University community we wish her well in her future endeavors."

A 1981 graduate of Lincoln University, Dr. Allen was named the college’s 14th president in July 2017. During her tenure as president, Dr. Allen worked to preserve historic buildings on campus, improved first year student retention and four-year graduation rates, and raised the university's standing in key national rankings. She also successfully led efforts resulting in the reaffirmation of the institution's accreditation in 2019. 

As a result of the change in leadership, the Board of Trustees will name an interim president within the next few days. Emphasis will be placed on new leadership with extensive executive experience in higher education, coupled with a strong background in business, finance, and entrepreneurship. 

“We seek an innovator who will help us forge a new vision that builds upon the traditions of a liberal arts education, while driving innovation to meet the demands of today and tomorrow. These qualities are essential to taking our university to the next level,” said Trustee James W. Jordan ('88).  “Above all, we seek to continue to provide our students with the highest degrees of academic excellence, while continuing the successful 166-year legacy of Lincoln University.”

Related: Office of the President