Robert R. Jennings, president of The Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, stepped down from his post. Dr. Jennings had come under fire recently for comments at a fall convocation ceremony that some listeners considered to be blaming rape victims for what had happened to them.
Earlier this year, Dr. Jennings was the target of a no confidence vote from the university’s alumni association. Very recently, it has been reported that the faculty union also voted on a resolution of no confidence in Dr. Jennings leadership.
Dr. Jennings was appointed the 13th president of The Lincoln University in late 2011. Earlier, he was president of Alabama A&M University. He has also held administrative posts at Wake Forest University and North Carolina A&T State University.
Dr. Jennings is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in higher education administration from Atlanta University.
The board of trustees has appointed Valerie Harrison as acting president of The Lincoln University. She has been serving as the university’s General Counsel. Dr. Harrison is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she majored in economics. She holds a juris doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law, and a master’s degree in liberal arts from Temple University. She is scheduled to receive a Ph.D. in African American studies from Temple University on December 18. Dr. Harrison is the co-author and co-editor of Color Him Father: Stories of Love and the Rediscovery of Black Men (Kinship Press, 2006).