Richard Green PhD

Richard Green PhD

Lincoln University is experiencing a surge in enrollment and remains one of the nation’s top 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, according to a recent U.S. News & Reports ranking.

In the 2016 announcement, Lincoln University is also ranked seventh among public HBCUs.

While the state and some of its other institutions, like Lincoln, did suffer a downgrade in its Moody’s Investors Service rating as a result of the 2015-2016 state budget impasse, the university has maintained a balanced budget and remains sustainable with high-quality academic programs without layoffs or the need to take out loans to cover operational expenses.

The extent of this fete is highlighted by the fact that our state allocation amounts to about 25 percent of our budget and that the endowments of other state-related institutions, which many leveraged as a safety net during the budget crises, averages much more than our smaller 34.4 million endowment.

Ultimately, our continued success is a testament to the university’s sound leadership and resilience despite the challenges it and other HBCUs are facing.

At the start of my interim presidency, the board of trustees had me undertake a comprehensive strategic review not only to update the strategic plan, but to build on the institution’s strengths ensuring that Lincoln University is in the most attractive position for the future.

The analysis expanded our original five strategic goals to seven strategic imperatives, which include: (1) academic excellence, (2) student success, (3) research and scholarship, (4) sustainability, (5) institutional and operational effectiveness, (6) community engagement and (7) globalization and diversity.

Thanks to these efforts which included all sectors of the university’s stakeholders: administration, faculty, students and alumni, we are now poised for an outstanding future as an institution of higher learning.

Currently, student enrollment has increased 11 percent, with a total fall enrollment of 2,131 compared to 1,905 this time last year. And with the current state appropriation in hand, successful applications for state and federal grants, an increase in Title III funding – $209,433 over the previous year, our fiscal stability is unquestionably strong.

Further progress includes:

Timely-renovation of Rendall Hall to accommodate the increase in student enrollment.

Appointment of Dr. Patricia Ramsey as provost and vice president of academic affairs following an extensive national search; and the addition of Comcast SportsNet and NBA’s Doug Overton as head men’s basketball coach.

Again, the actual state of the university is in stark contrast to the erroneous depictions in some published reports, which have included false claims that Lincoln has been in violation of open meeting laws in regards to offering public comment when state-related institutions are not required to permit public comment, inaccurate charges about board member appointments and terms as well as the announcement of press conferences and protests, which did not take place.

For most, Lincoln University remains a magical place, where many students come to us as the first in their households to attend college and have been historically transformed into “firsts” and the very best in their fields as alumni.

And while our alumni and others are passionate and outspoken about what’s best for the institution, which we genuinely respect and appreciate, some are unaware of today’s institutional best practices as well as the unique realities HBCUs, like Lincoln, face to remain sustainable and competitive.

Richard Green,

Interim President of Lincoln University since July 2015

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