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Brenda Allen

Brenda Allen, provost and vice chancellor for Academic affairs at Winston Salem State University, was named President of Lincoln University on Friday.

Lincoln will make a formal announcement regarding Allen’s hiring on Monday. However, Kimberly A. Lloyd, chairwoman of Lincoln’s Board of Trustees, confirmed Allen had been hired.

“We are very much excited to have Dr. Allen as the next president,” Lloyd said via telephone on Friday afternoon. “She brings vast experience having worked in higher education. She has been a provost and has worked closely with presidents in various roles.

“The role of provost is an integral role, one that has prepared her for many of the things we are looking for her to bring to Lincoln. I feel that it is a very good day for Lincoln,” she added.

Allen has a proven record as both an educator and fund-raiser.

At Winston Salem she oversaw a 30-percent change in six-year graduation rates over a three-year period. She also partnered with the chancellor to raise more than $7 million for capital projects and scholarships, and she helped advance strategic goals despite more than $35 million in budget cuts.

Allen comes to the suburban Philadelphia campus with a wealth of experience. Prior to serving at Winston Salem, an HBCU in North Carolina, Allen spent a significant stretch at Brown University in Providence, R.I., she served as the associate provost and director of institutional diversity from 2003 – 2009. From 2008 – 2009 she was also the interim assistant to the president.

Before coming to Brown, Allen was at Smith College in Massachusetts from 1998 – 2002. There, she held the positions of chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies and assistant to the president and director of Institutional Diversity.

Allen is a Lincoln graduate who earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1981. She has both a master’s degree (Experimental Psychology) and a Ph.D. (Psychology) from Howard University.

Lincoln had been without permanent leadership since 2014, after former president Robert R. Jennings resigned after some took offense to his comments directed at female students about avoiding sexual assault. Interim president Richard Green has served in that capacity since July 2015.

Lincoln whittled the list of candidates for the position down to five. It then brought the candidates in for an exhaustive round of interviews last month before making its decision.

The other candidates whom Allen beat out for the post included Clarence Armbrister, former chief of staff to former Mayor Michael Nutter and current president at Girard College, the North Philadelphia boarding school; Dr. Kimberly Dumpson, executive vice president and chief of staff at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, another HBCU; Dr. Patricia Ramsey, the current provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lincoln; and Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor – student affairs at East Carolina University, a public college in Greenville, N.C.

“I feel that we had an excellent lists of finalist for the position,” Lloyd said. “They were all great. But in the end we are very happy with Dr. Allen and what she will mean to Lincoln in the future.”

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