Thursday, October 28


LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa.–Yesterday, The Lincoln University’s 13th President, Robert R. Jennings, resigned after making national headlines for his remarks regarding false rape allegations during a September university convocation.

Jennings’ resignation was announced via email to the University’s constituents, with a letter from the university’s board of trustees chairwoman, Kimberly Lloyd.

Lloyd’s letter stated:

“This morning, the Lincoln University Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of President Dr. Robert R. Jennings.The Board of Trustees is committed to the University’s stakeholders and to advancing Lincoln’s great legacy. Toward that end, the Board plans to strengthen engagement with all members of our community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and parents.”

Lloyd’s letter also announced that the University’s General Counsel, Valerie Harrison, would be serving as Acting President until the board of trustees find a long-term interim president and concludes its search for the University’s 14th president.

Before joining The Lincoln University, Harrison served as Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel at Arcadia University, in addition to serving as Associate University Counsel at Temple University for 13 years, where she was also an adjunct professor.

The University nor Jennings released a statement Monday explaining the 13th president’s resignation. Jennings’ term comes to a close only after joining the University in January of 2012. His contract was expected to conclude in December of 2016. The former president’s resignation follows a heated board of trustees meeting, Saturday, November 15, where the board agreed to extensively investigate the former president’s term.

Lloyd concluded in her letter asking for the University’s constituents to unite with the board, as it seeks to continue is mission of “[educating] future leaders,” stating that “the future is bright for Lincoln.”

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