Lincoln University Ends Two-Year Search for President, Lands Provost from Winston-Salem State


Dr. Brenda Allen

Lincoln University’s Board of Trustees has announced the selection of Dr. Brenda Allen as the university’s 14th president.

Allen, a graduate of Lincoln University, is currently the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Winston-Salem State University.

She will assume the duties from Dr. Richard Green, who has served as Lincoln’s interim president since July 2015.

“The Board is confident in its selection of Dr. Allen to lead the institution at this most pivotal time in its history,” said Kimberly Lloyd, board chairwoman. “Dr. Allen’s demonstrated leadership experiences coupled with her breadth and depth of achievements were the fundamental attributes we desired in Lincoln’s next president. We’re pleased to have unanimously approved her appointment.”

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Allen departs WSSU with a legacy of achievement. Her many accomplishments include:

  • leading the revision of the curriculum
  • overseeing the establishment of WSSU’s first two doctoral programs
  • expanding undergraduate research funding
  • restructuring academic support to strengthen advising
  • creating an Office of Faculty Affairs
  • strengthening standards for tenure and promotion
  • helping raise more than $10 million for capital projects, scholarships, and other student support

Under her leadership, WSSU’s retention and graduation rates rose, the number of students engaged in research and study abroad increased, and faculty became re-energized.

“Dr. Allen’s commitment to ensuring that our students receive the education they deserve has resulted in a lasting legacy here at WSSU,” said Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson. “Her vision for a university that offers a high-quality, high-impact liberal education has transformed our institution. I am not in the least surprised that she was selected to lead Lincoln University.”

Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lincoln University, a master’s degree in experimental psychology and a doctorate in developmental psychology, both from Howard University.

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