Provost Brenda Allen of Winston-Salem State University has been named the president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.
Allen, who is an alumna of Lincoln University, will assume the duties from Richard Green, who has been Lincoln’s interim president since July 2015.
Allen was named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Winston-Salem State in December 2008.
In a recent email to faculty, staff and students, WSSU Chancellor Elwood Robinson thanked Allen for her dedication to the university and its students.
“Her many accomplishments include leading revision of the curriculum, overseeing the establishment of WSSU’s first two doctoral programs, expanding undergraduate research funding, restructuring academic support to strengthen advising, creating an Office of Faculty Affairs, strengthening standards for tenure and promotion, and helping raise more than $10 million for capital projects, scholarships and other student support,” Robinson said.
Under Allen’s watch, he said, WSSU experienced increases in the university’s retention and graduation rates as well as in the number of students engaged in research and study abroad.
“Her commitment to ensuring that our students receive the education they deserve has resulted in a lasting legacy here at WSSU,” Robinson said. “I am not in the least surprised that she was selected to lead Lincoln University.”
Before coming to WSSU, Allen was associate provost and director of institutional diversity for six years at Brown University. Before Brown, she held various academic and administrative positions at Smith College in Massachusetts.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lincoln, a master’s in experimental psychology and a doctorate in developmental psychology from Howard University.