Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk has served as the 20th President of Lincoln University of Missouri since June 1, 2018. Woolfolk is prepared to lead the university to the forefront of 21st Century HBCUs. Through her vision of remaining deeply rooted in its historic founding by African American veterans of the Civil War, the university will also educate and graduate well-prepared future leaders in an environment that seeks and promotes diversity and inclusion.
Woolfolk's higher education career focus has been in the area of student affairs and enrollment management. Prior to her announcement as President of Lincoln University, she served as the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at The State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego from 2014-2018. While at Oswego, she also held positions as a Visiting Associate Professor and the Interim Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. She has also served as Vice President for Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Diversity at Mississippi Valley State University and Vice President for Student Affairs at The City University of New York (CUNY) College of Staten Island.
In addition, she served as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Associate Dean of Students for Residential Life and Dean of Student Life at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Woolfolk holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Jackson State University; a Master of Science in Counselor Education from Iowa State University; and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. In addition, she completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management; the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)/Council of Independent Colleges/Academic Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Academy; the AASCU Millennial Leadership Initiative (MLI) and the Indiana University Certificate in Fundraising Management.