Lincoln University in Chester County, Pa. recently welcomed Dr. Robert R. Jennings as the 13th president of the institution. Lincoln’s board of trustees elected Jennings to the position on Nov. 19 and he will begin his tenure in January 2012.

Jennings previously served as an administrator at Gems, a Georgia learning academy that serves children 6 weeks to 12 years and adults including seniors with special needs. While at the facility, Jennings managed daily operations including staff development training, quality control and marketing.

From 2005 to 2008, Jennings served as president/CEO of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in Normal, Ala. While at this institution, he raised $4 million for a scholarship endowment program and became the first person in the university’s history to ever accomplish this feat.

Jennings also held positions at Wake Forest University and North Carolina A&T State University.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Morehouse College, a master’s in education psychology/elementary education and a doctorate in higher education administration and policy studies from Atlanta University.