President For A Day Program Offers Student Symbolic Chance To Lead

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If students were ever curious about the day-to-day schedule of Lincoln’s president, Dr. Robert R. Jennings or ever wondered how he would navigate their own schedules, Junior Marcus Millwood of Philadelphia received the opportunity to find out today.                

The Information Technology major was selected in a drawing for the President For A Day Program after Tuesday’s all-University Convocation.  Proceeds from the program, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, benefit the President’s Scholarship Fund.

“This has been a good experience for me and it will help me get a job to work in government,” said Millwood.  “It has taught me a lot about being the President.”

While Millwood could not cancel classes, hire or fire personnel, or halt university operations, he had use of the president’s parking space and office, was issued a university laptop, attended scheduled meetings as well as acted and dressed the part of the President of Lincoln University for that day.

Dr. Jennings, on the other hand, acted and dressed the part of the student, attending Millwood’s classes, which began at 10:00 a.m., took notes, but did not take tests or write papers.

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Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, founded in 1854 as the nation’s first historically Black degree-granting institution, combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly-technological and global society.  Today, the University enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women.  Internationally recognized for preparing and producing world class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lillian Fishburne, the first African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Langston Hughes, the noted poet, Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana and Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Nigeria. 

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