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William E. Hudson Jr. and Jerald Jones Woolfolk are the two finalists to be Lincoln University's next permanent president, the school announced Thursday.

They will visit Jefferson City next week.

Both currently serve as vice presidents for student affairs, and both have held jobs focused on retaining students once they were enrolled.

Hudson, who will visit Jefferson City on Wednesday, now is with Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, where he previously served as director of University Retention and associate director for Academic Programs.

He also has served as an academic coordinator and counselor at Florida State University's Multicultural Student Support Center, also in Tallahassee, and he's taught at both Florida State and Florida A&M.

Hudson's Ph.D. is in rehabilitation counseling, earned at Florida State, where he also received an educational specialist degree.

He earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling and has a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Florida A&M.

Woolfolk will be in Jefferson City on Thursday.

Her doctorate is a Ph.D. in urban higher education, earned at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, where she also earned her bachelor's degree in psychology.

Woolfolk's master of science in counselor education was earned at Iowa State University, Ames.

She currently serves at the State University of New York's campus in Oswego where, in addition to her position as vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, she is a visiting associate professor and the interim chief diversity and inclusion officer.

She previously served as SUNY-Oswego's vice president for Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Diversity and as assistant vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Woolfolk also once worked at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi, as an executive assistant to the president, acting chief operating officer, and interim vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, among other positions.

She also previously worked for the College of Staten Island-City University of New York and for the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

The schedule for both visits is the same:

7:30-9 a.m. — General public session to hear from the candidates and ask questions, during a breakfast hosted by the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce in the Presidential Suite at The Linc, 1299 Lafayette St.

9:30-10:30 a.m. — Meeting with faculty, staff, professors emeriti and LU retirees, Scruggs University Center Ballroom.

10:30-11:30 a.m. — Meeting with students, in the ballroom.

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Meeting with alumni, in the ballroom.

12:15-1:30 p.m. — Closed session luncheon with Board of Curators, 201 Young Hall.

1:45-2:45 p.m. — Meeting with deans and Cabinet-level administrators, 201 Young Hall.

2:45 p.m. — Brief tour of Jefferson City and the LU campus at the President's Residence, 601 Jackson St.

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