LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Experienced administrator Dr. Lenetta R. Lee has been appointed as the new dean of the college and vice president for student success, President Brenda A. Allen announced.Lee, currently dean of students and associate vice president of student affairs, was promoted to this position in March. The appointment is effective July 1.
“This new position will play a pivotal role in directing efforts to move us toward achieving our vision of becoming a national model for liberal arts education,” said President Allen. “Dr. Lee’s experience as a faculty member and senior administrator will be important as she collaborates with academic affairs and other units to facilitate student success.”
The senior leadership position is new at the University and replaces the vice president for student affairs, which has been vacant since December 2017. The position results from the reorganization of student services, campus life, and academic support functions to create a unit focused on student success.
Lee, a member of Lincoln’s Class of 1985, grew up in the local community. In 1999, she joined the Lincoln University faculty in the Department of Education where she earned tenure in four years. In January 2013, she assumed the role of interim dean of students and director of residence life.
Lee will oversee an office delivering a complex array of services and programs such as class deans, the dean of students, and the director of career services, among other units providing student support services, experiential learning, international programs, and public safety.
Founded in 1854, Lincoln University (PA) is the first of four Lincoln universities in the world and is the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Lincoln offers a diverse student body of approximately 2,200 men and women more than 35 liberal arts and science-based undergraduate programs and select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly technological and global society. The University possesses an international reputation for preparing and producing world-class leaders such as Langston Hughes ’29, the noted poet; Thurgood Marshall ’30, the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice; Nnamdi Azikiwe ’30, the first president of Nigeria; Kwame Nkrumah ’39, the first president of Ghana; Lillian Fishburne ’71, the first African American woman promoted to rear admiral in the U.S. Navy; Sheila Oliver ’74, the lieutenant governor of New Jersey; Saara Kuugongelwa ’94, the first female prime minister of Namibia; and a myriad of others.
The Lincolnian is The Lincoln University’s online student newspaper; created to allow students to voice their concerns and opinions, and raise awareness to inform the community. Established in 1854, The Lincoln University has retained recognition as the first degree-granting historically black university, and has continued to be a prestigious institution where being the first matters. Lincoln has been the home of many ‘first’ achievements and notable alumni including Thurgood Marshall, Langston Hughes and Kwame Nkrumah.