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Lincoln University of Missouri announces presidential candidate finalists

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Lincoln University has announced that Dr. William E. Hudson Jr. and Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk are the two finalists for the permanent president position on Thursday.

According to the News Tribune, the two finalists will visit Jefferson City for interview sessions with faculty and staff, students, alumni, and the community next week on February 21 and 22, 2018.

Both candidates currently serve as vice presidents for student affairs, and both have held jobs focused on retaining students once they were enrolled.

Dr. William E. Hudson Jr., Ph.D., is scheduled to visit on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. He currently serves as the vice president of student affairs at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he previously served as director of University Retention and associate director for Academic Programs. He also has served as an academic coordinator and counselor at Florida State University’s Multicultural Student Support Center, also in Tallahassee, and he’s taught at both Florida State and Florida A&M.

Hudson earns an educational specialist degree and a Ph.D. in rehabilitation counseling both at Florida State University. He earned a master’s degree in counseling education and a bachelor’s degree in psychology both from Florida A&M.

Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk, Ph.D., is scheduled to visit on Thursday, February 22, 2018. She currently serves as the vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at State University of New York’s campus in Oswego. In addition to her position as vice president, she is also a visiting associate professor and the interim chief diversity and inclusion officer. She previously served as SUNY-Oswego’s Vice President for Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Diversity and as assistant vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Woolfolk previously worked at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi, as an executive assistant to the president, acting chief operating officer, and interim vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. She also previously served as vice president for student affairs at the College of the Staten Island-City University of New York and dean of student at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Woolfolk earned both her bachelor of science in psychology and her doctorate of philosophy in urban higher education from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. She earned her master of science in counseling from Iowa State University of Science and Technology.

The schedule for both visits is the same:

7:30-9 a.m. — General public session to hear from the candidates and ask questions, during a breakfast hosted by the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce in the Presidential Suite at The Linc, 1299 Lafayette St.

9:30-10:30 a.m. — Meeting with faculty, staff, professors emeriti and LU retirees, Scruggs University Center Ballroom.

10:30-11:30 a.m. — Meeting with students, in the ballroom.

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Meeting with alumni, in the ballroom.

12:15-1:30 p.m. — Closed session luncheon with Board of Curators, 201 Young Hall.

1:45-2:45 p.m. — Meeting with deans and Cabinet-level administrators, 201 Young Hall.

2:45 p.m. — Brief tour of Jefferson City and the LU campus at the President’s Residence, 601 Jackson St.

For more information about the presidential search at Lincoln University, please contact LU University Relations at 573-681-6032.

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