Jefferson City, MO– Recent media reports have raised questions regarding spending for the Inauguration activities for the 20th President of Lincoln University. The activities, which included the Investiture Ceremony and Inauguration Ball, on Friday, October 5, 2018, totaled $29,348.06. Ticket sales for the ball raised $7,235 in scholarship dollars to assist Lincoln University students in pursuit of their educational goals. A review of the Inauguration activities for the 19th President of Lincoln University shows total spending at $41,794.93 in 2013.
The University works diligently on a daily basis to ensure each unit is operating as good stewards of not only our state appropriations, but also the revenue from tuition and fees. Inauguration activities are an honored tradition within the higher education community. As with any special event, organizers work to celebrate an important moment in institutional history, but to also make sound decisions as it relates to not only that event, but the university’s overall fiscal health. We are committed to being fiscally responsible.