Jefferson City, MO– Several key leaders will join Lincoln University during the month of July.  Dr. Alphonso Sanders will serve as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dr. Benjamin Arnold has been named Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. Adrienne Wyatt has been named University Registrar and Kala Smith is the new Director of Financial Aid. 

Dr. Alphonso Sanders most recently served as the Chair of Fine Arts and the Director of the BB King Recording Studio at Mississippi Valley State University. A 2006 Fulbright Scholar, Sanders has studied abroad in China focusing on music and visual arts.  His published works include a feature in Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine and the book, “Musicians Up and the Delta”. He was also featured in “Down in the Woods”, a documentary on blue musician Willie King.  Sanders holds degrees from Mississippi Valley State University, Valdosta State University and the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Benjamin Arnold joins Lincoln University from Mississippi Valley State University where he was an Associate Professor of Music and Music Education Coordinator. Arnold earns a Doctorate in Music Education from Boston University.  He earned a graduate degree from the University of Tennessee and an undergraduate degree from Ohio University.  Arnold is featured on “A Look Inside”, a performance with guitarist Larry Vincent.  He is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the Percussive Arts Society. 

Adrienne Wyatt has dedicated more than two decades of her career to higher education, with the bulk of that at the Morehouse School of Medicine where she served as Faculty Records Coordinator, Student Activities Coordinator and finally as the Registrar and Director of Student Information Systems.  In 2014, she was named Registrar at Jarvis Christian College. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Leadership for Change from Fielding Graduate University. 

Kala Smith will join Lincoln University from her position as Associate Director of Student Financial Services at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). She began her career nearly a decade ago at UAPB as a Financial Advisor.  She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Higher Education from Capella University. 

Sanders, Arnold and Wyatt began their positions on July 1.  Smith will arrive on campus July 16. 

In addition to the new Blue Tiger Family members, current university employees have taken on new roles. Elizabeth Morrow, who has previously served as University Registrar, has been named Director of Alumni Relations. Morrow holds two degrees from Lincoln University in chemistry and math.  She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from William Woods University. 

Earnest Washington is the new Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Life. He will continue to serve in his role as Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness. Prior to joining Lincoln University in August 2018, Washington was the Director of Campus Life at State University of New York-Oswego.  He is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University and Grambling State University. 

Amy Miller is the new Assistant Director for Academic Advising. Miller is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and holds a Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University College of Law. Miller has served in various roles at the university since 2014, most recently as the Assistant Director of the Student Success Center. She also teaches Business Law. 

John Fandrey is the Assistant Director for Academic Support.  Fandrey was hired as a learning specialist in the Student Success Center earlier this year.  He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and holds a Juris Doctorate from University of St. Thomas Law School. 

LaKeisha Jenkins Washington is the new Director of the Student Success Center after coming to the university in Fall 2018 as the Coordinator for Academic Support Services. She is a two-time graduate of Grambling State University with both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology.  She is current pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology from North Central University.