At Jubilant Ceremony, Lincoln University Inaugurates 20th President | KBIA

At Jubilant Ceremony, Lincoln University Inaugurates 20th President

Oct 11, 2018

Twentieth President of Lincoln University Jerald Jones Woolfolk addresses the crowd at her inauguration ceremony on Oct. 5, 2018.
Credit Kathryn Palmer / KBIA

Lincoln University in Jefferson City has inaugurated its 20th president, Jerald Jones Woolfolk. On Friday, Oct. 5, hundreds of students, faculty, alumni, family and friends packed into the Fine Arts Center auditorium to honor Woolfolk's investiture. When she took her post over the summer, she became part of the 5 percent of college and university presidents who are women of color.

Woolfolk previously served as vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at the State University of New York-Oswego. She holds both a bachelor's in psychology and a doctorate in urban higher education from Jackson State University, as well as a master's in conselor education from Iowa State University.

"This is not about me," she said at the ceremony. "This is about Lincoln University and the students we serve."

KBIA's Kathryn Palmer was there to capture the excitement of the occasion and the hope for the future of Lincoln, which is one of two historically black colleges in Missouri.