Jefferson City, MO– After one year as the 20th President of Lincoln University, President Jerald Jones Woolfolk has received a contract extension. During the closed session of the regularly scheduled Lincoln University Board of Curators meeting, the Board approved a new three-year contract for Woolfolk. Her current contract runs through 2021 and the new contract will run from 2021 through 2024.
Woolfolk, who joined Lincoln University in June 2018, has said since her arrival that she intends to remain at Lincoln University until her work is complete. “I am committed to leaving Lincoln better than I found it. I am committed to being here until I can hand it off ‘greater, better, and more beautiful than it was transmitted to me.’”
Under her leadership, the university has been diligent in efforts to steady enrollment, including developing the Executive Enrollment Committee. The committee is comprised of departments with key functions in recruitment and retention. Another notable accomplishment is the return of an on-campus bookstore after a three-year absence and new uniforms for the Lincoln University Marching Musical Storm. The marching band has not worn new uniforms in nearly two decades. The new look will be revealed during the Homecoming Football Game on Saturday, October 19.
Woolfolk holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Jackson State University; a Master of Science in Counselor Education from Iowa State University; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. In addition, she completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management; the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)/Council of Independent Colleges/Academic Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Academy; the AASCU Millennial Leadership Initiative (MLI) and the Indiana University Certificate in Fundraising Management.
Previously she served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego and held roles as a Visiting Professor and the Interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at SUNY. With a strong background in student affairs, she has also served as Vice President for Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Diversity at Mississippi Valley State University and Vice President for Student Affairs at College of Staten Island-City University of New York. In addition, she served as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Associate Dean of Students for Residential Life and Dean of Student Life at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.