After a six-month search, Lincoln University has named Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk as their 20th President.

The position is currently held by Interim President, Micheal A. Middleton who was brought in after Dr. Kevin Rome—current President of Fisk University—unexpectedly resigned as his role as president of LU in March 2017.

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Dr. Woolfolk currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at State University of New York (SUNY)-Oswego. She has received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and her Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. Woolfolk also holds a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Iowa State University. Additionally, she has completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.

High expectations are bestowed upon the new president. As Curator Marvin O. Teer, President of the Board of Curators, said in the university’s official news release, “We have a lot of work to do and Dr. Woolfolk is exactly who we need at the helm to move us forward.”

The President’s main effort will be focusing on increasing the retention rate at Lincoln University.

Woolfolk will be introduced as president during Lincoln University’s 16th Annual President’s Gala weekend. The event is is expected to be held at The LINC in Jefferson City, Mo. on April 7, 2018 beginning at 5 p.m.