Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell recently appointed Dr. Ivory V. Nelson, president of Lincoln University, to the Pennsylvania State Board of Education. Nelson will serve on the board for six years, with his term ending on Oct. 1, 2016.

Rendell and the majority of the members of the Senate appointed Nelson based on his prudence, integrity and ability, according to the board. Because of Dr. Ivory V.

Nelson’s leadership, Lincoln has experienced unprecedented transformation and academic growth. He established a master development plan, implemented a new organizational structure, and established five centers of Academic Excellence in Science, Business, Teacher Education, Mass Communications and Visual Arts.

Additionally, Dr. Nelson secured over $18 million in information technology improvements, increased faculty salaries, revised the University’s core curriculum, implemented a comprehensive outcomes assessment process for measuring student success and improving student retention, reduced all majors to a total of 120-124 semester credit hours, increased University enrollment, and, after 48 years, brought back football and established a marching band.

He is an active member of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) and the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities.