By Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – Dr. John Moseley was officially installed as Lincoln University’s 21st president during an investiture ceremony held Friday in Richardson Fine Arts Center.
Moseley previously held the position as men’s head basketball coach and the university’s athletic director. In January 2022, he became the interim president following the May 2021 resignation of President Gerald Jones Woolfolk.
During his emotionally filled speech to a crowd of family, friends, staff, and students, Moseley said he wants Lincoln to have a greater impact throughout the Jefferson City community. He said he will focus on increasing enrollment and retention rates at the HBCU founded in 1866 by Black Union Civil War soldiers.
Moseley said he would do everything in his power to help students achieve their goals. He spent considerable time recognizing the many people who helped him achieve success in life and work.
Moseley said he believes that Lincoln will expand and grow numerous programs, including more online programs for non-traditional students. “We will recruit students from all over the globe to give them access to an education at Lincoln,” said Moseley.
Moseley noted that Lincoln University is not the University of Missouri, thanking the president of the Missouri University system, Mun Choi, for his support. “We’re two distinctly different institutions,” Moseley said. “Lincoln will stand on it’s own, but we’re stronger together.”
He said that early in the day, before the sun rose, he went to the Soldier’s Memorial on the Quad. He said he thought about the soldiers who, back in 1866, founded the school. They learned to read and write from their white lieutenants, at a time when it was illegal for whites to teach Blacks. “I asked myself if I would have done what the lieutenants did,” Moseley recalled. “I like to think that would be a resounding ‘yes.’”
Moseley said he would push LU to expand recruitment across the community, nation, and globe. Furthermore, he said we need to remember the past, while also focusing on the future.