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Lincoln University extends president's contract

Lincoln University extends president's contract

June 14th, 2019 in Local News

Jerald Jones Woolfolk is seated in her president of Lincoln University office for an interview. Woolfolk was inaugurated Friday, Oct. 6, 2018, as the 20th president of Lincoln University in a ceremony at Mitchell Auditorium.

Photo by Julie Smith /News Tribune.

After her first year on the job, Lincoln University curators on Thursday extended President Jerald Jones Woolfolk's contract for another three years.

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The school announced the contract extension in a Friday news release after the Board of Curators approved it during a Thursday closed session.

Woolfolk became LU's 20th president on June 1, 2018, and her first three-year contract runs through 2021.

The extension approved Thursday carries her contract through 2024.

When she interviewed for the job in February 2018, Woolfolk said she didn't intend to use LU as a stepping stone to another college presidency.

Even before she was hired by LU, Woolfolk said, "Wherever I end up, it's going to be my first (presidency) — and my last."

This week's LU news release repeated that point, noting Woolfolk has said since her arrival that she intends to remain at Lincoln University until her work is complete.

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"I am committed to leaving Lincoln better than I found it," she said in the news release. "I am committed to being here until I can hand it off 'greater, better, and more beautiful than it was transmitted to me.'"

Under Woolfolk's leadership, the news release reports, "The university has been diligent in efforts to steady enrollment, including developing the Executive Enrollment Committee (which) is comprised of departments with key functions in recruitment and retention.

"Another notable accomplishment is the return of an on-campus bookstore after a three-year absence, and new uniforms for the Lincoln University Marching Musical Storm."

Officials said during Thursday's Board of Curators meeting that LU's marching band has not worn new uniforms in nearly two decades, since then-President David Henson re-started the marching band.

The new-look uniforms will be revealed during LU's Homecoming football game Oct. 19.

LU's Friday news release contains no comment from the curators and doesn't say whether the contract extension included any change in Woolfolk's salary.

LU is operating on its summer schedule and was closed Friday, so no one was available to comment.

Woolfolk earned here bachelor's degree in psychology and her doctorate in urban higher education, both from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. She earned her master's degree in counselor education from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

She also has completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management; the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)/Council of Independent Colleges/Academic Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Academy; the AASCU Millennial Leadership Initiative (MLI); and the Indiana University Certificate in Fundraising Management.

Her most recent job before coming to LU was vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego, where she also held roles as a visiting professor and the interim chief diversity and inclusion officer at SUNY.