The university has been led by three presidents since 2013, searching for fourth
Clarion News staff
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The Board of Curators announced today that President Jerald Jones Woolfolk will be leaving the university at the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year. She began her service as president in June 2018. An interim president will be named soon and a search for her replacement will begin.
Jones was the third president to serve since Dr. Kevin Rome was hired in 2013, only to resign in March of 2017 to take a president position at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. His departure led to a year under Michael Middleton, an interim president who served until the hiring of Woolfolk in June of 2018.
March 2017 – Dr. Rome leaves LU to become president of Fisk University.
May 2017 – Michael Middleton, former interim president of University of Missouri schools, hired to head LU until a replacement is hired.
June 2018 – Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk hired as LU’s 20th president.
May 16, 2021 – Woolfolk to leave LU.
A news release from the LU Board of Curators issued today (May 16, 2021) did not state a reason for Woolfolk’s departure. The release contained quotes from Victor B. Pasley, president of the Board of Curators, and President Woolfolk. He praised her time and accomplishments while serving the LU community.
Woolfolk said her leaving is “sad,” but that it is “time for me to return home” because she has been away from family a long time. The board praised Woolfolk’s recent fundraising efforts and that the university’s new police academy were under her tenure as president.