LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa.–Newly appointed Acting President, Valerie Harrison, released a letter to The Lincoln University community yesterday, after the resignation of former president, Robert R. Jennings.
In her letter published on the University’s blog, cubstolions.com, Harrison expressed her “uncompromising commitment to the University, and to advancing its great legacy.”
According to Harrison’s letter, Harrison is set to have meetings with students and members of the Lincoln community in days to come. She also appointed the University’s Vice President of Student Affairs, Juliana Mosley, to lead a task force in sexual misconduct, that will consist of faculty, students, and staff, stating that the University “[takes] the issue of sexual misconduct seriously and have done significant work to prevent sexual misconduct” in the future.
“[It is] the University’s commitment to provide a healthy and safe learning environment,” wrote Harrison. “We will be inviting thought leaders in the areas of gender equity and sexual violence to address our community as well.”
Harrison’s term comes after joining the University in 2013, as the University’s General Counsel, after serving as Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel at Arcadia University, and previously serving as Associate University Counsel and an adjunct professor at Temple University.
Harrison’s biography updated on the University’s website, stated that before her career in higher education, the acting president was an attorney in Labor and Employment Practice of Morgan Lewis, and also served as senior counsel at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons and ARCO Chemical Company.
In closing of her letter, Harrison emphasized the importance of the University’s constituents to unify for the sake of its students and the future of the University.
“Lincoln’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents are a vital part of the University family,” Harrison concluded. “In the same way that families come together in times of transition, let us draw closer, united by our concern for students and the future of Lincoln”