STATEMENT OF PRESIDENT DR. ROBERT R. JENNINGS ON FATAL NEW YEAR’S DAY CAR ACCIDENT INVOLVING CURRENT AND FORMER STUDENTS

The Lincoln University community expresses its deepest condolences to the family of former Lincoln student Claude Norris III, 22, of Coatesville, who was killed in a single-vehicle car accident early New Year’s Day.  

Norris, who withdrew from Lincoln in Fall of 2011, was a passenger in the car driven by James P. Wilkins, a current Lincoln student, when the vehicle struck a pole on southbound Route 202.  Norris was pronounced dead at the scene while Wilkins and, another passenger, Booker T. Gerald, 23, both also from Coatesville, were injured and transported to Paoli Hospital for treatment.

While West Goshen Police Department continue to investigate the accident, our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of the victims, students, alumni, faculty and staff of Lincoln University, who grieve at this difficult time.

 

Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, founded in 1854 as the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College & University, 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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