Lincoln University president resigns

    Robert Jennings, president of Lincoln University in Chester County, is stepping down. The university’s board of trustees accepted his resignation on Monday.

    Dr. Robert R. Jennings has stepped down as president of Lincoln University, a historically black college in rural Chester County. Jennings drew criticism in recent months after making controversial remarks about sexual assault at an all-female graduation ceremony.

    Earlier this month, Lincoln University’s board of trustees announced it was launching an internal review of Jennings, who took office in 2012.

    “The Board of Trustees is committed to the University’s stakeholders and to advancing Lincoln’s great legacy,” said Kimberly Lloyd, chairman of the board, in a letter today. “Toward that end, the Board plans to strengthen engagement with all members of our community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and parents.”

    Valerie Harrison, Lincoln University’s general counsel, will serve as acting president until a long-term interim president is chosen.

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