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Statement from the Lincoln University Board of Curators on Independent Review

January 18th, 2024

Lincoln University’s Board of Curators has engaged a team of attorneys led by Ronald Norwood and Jerina Phillips in the Higher Education Practice Group of Lewis Rice to conduct an independent review of recent issues raised regarding compliance with the University's established policies and procedures. The Board of Curators selected Lewis Rice after reviewing proposals from a number of qualified firms. Lewis Rice's Higher Education Practice Group has extensive experience in representing and advising colleges and universities. The review will examine Lincoln University’s management of personnel issues and address any relevant concerns associated with the allegations of Dr. Antoinette “Bonnie” Candia-Bailey. The firm’s comprehensive review will begin this week and should be completed within the coming weeks – allowing time for a full investigation. 

“As a Board, we are focused on having an independent expert promptly examine all of the facts so that we can take appropriate steps,” said Board of Curators President Victor Pasley. “As a University community, we want to prioritize the mental health of everyone here and make sure each employee and student is treated with dignity and respect.”

Confidentiality constraints prevent the Board and University leaders from commenting on specific personnel information, but, regular updates on the progress of the review will be provided to ensure transparency and accountability throughout the process.

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