Lincoln University names president | Central MO Breaking News

Lincoln University has named Jerald Woolfolk as its 20th president.

Woolfolk was selected after a six-month search led by the Isaacson, Miller search firm. Curators Frank Logan and Winston Rutledge served as co-chairs of the 20-member Presidential Search Committee.

Board of Curators President Marvin Teer of St. Louis said in an LU news release that Woolfolk is the right leader for the university at this time.

“We have a lot of work to do, and Dr. Woolfolk is exactly who we need at the helm to move us forward,” Teer said.

Woolfolk currently is the vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the State University of New York at Oswego. She also holds roles as a visiting professor and interim chief diversity and inclusion officer at SUNY.

She will begin her tenure as LU’s president June 1.

Michael Middleton, who has served as LU’s interim president since July 2017, will continue in that role until then.

Woolfolk will be introduced during LU’s 16th Annual President’s Gala weekend. The gala is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. April 7 at The Linc in Jefferson City.

Woolfolk holds a bachelor of science degree is psychology from Jackson State University, a master of science degree in counselor education from Iowa State University, and a doctor of philosophy degree in urban higher education from Jackson State University.

She also completed the Harvard University Institute for Education Management, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities/Council of Independent Colleges/Academic Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Academy, the AASCU Millennial Leadership Initiative and the Indiana University Certificate in Fundraising Management.

This article will be updated with more information.