College of Southern Maryland President Dr. Brad Gottfried has accepted a two-year appointment to serve on the Board of Visitors for Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Chartered in April 1854 as Ashmun Institute and re-named in 1866 after President Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln University was the first degree-granting institution in the nation for African Americans. Among its alumni are Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Poet Langston Hughes and Rear Admiral Lillian Fishburne.
“Lincoln University has a distinguished reputation of serving students with the potential to do great things in society. For this reason, I am honored to serve on their Board of Visitors,” Gottfried said.
Robert Jennings, Ed.D., who became the 13th president of Lincoln University this year, has established the newly appointed Board of Visitors to assist in advancing the universitys mission and forming strategic alliances.
One of the first major tasks I have undertaken is the appointment of a Board of Visitors. This board will be comprised of distinguished men and women who will assist the university in a range of activities, Jennings wrote in the appointment letter to Gottfried. Most important, the Board of Visitors members serve as ambassadors, informing members of their communities about what is going on at Lincoln and, in turn, keeping the University administration informed about what they are hearing.
Associated with community colleges for more than 30 years, Gottfried has extensive experience in strategic planning, enrollment management, fiscal and facilities management, and cultivating community and legislative relations, as well as in developing successful initiatives in curriculum, technology, faculty, transfer programs and business development.