LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – Dr. Stacey Davis Stewart, the first black woman to serve as U.S. President of United Way Worldwide will deliver The Lincoln University’s Commencement Address to more than 350 undergraduates and 150 graduates on Friday, May 9 at 9:00 a.m. in the university’s stadium.
In her position, Dr. Stewart drives the strategic direction for United Way in the U.S., working with leaders throughout the United Way network to facilitate community impact in the areas of education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality of life. Dr. Stewart also works to protect and enhance the organization’s brand and reputation.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Stewart was Executive Vice President, Community Impact Leadership and Learning at United Way Worldwide. Before joining United Way, Dr. Stewart was with Fannie Mae where she was Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President for the Office of Community and Charitable Giving. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Stewart was President and Chief Executive Officer for the Fannie Mae Foundation.
Dr. Stewart has a master’s of business administration in finance from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of arts in economics from Georgetown University. She also holds honorary degrees from Trinity University, Morgan State University, Texas Southern University and Alabama A&M University. She currently serves on several boards nationally and in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.
Dr. Stewart is married to Jarvis C. Stewart, the Chairman and Managing Partner of Ian Reid, LLC, a strategic advisory firm based in Washington, DC. The Stewarts have two children, Madeleine and Savannah.
EDITOR’S NOTE: ‘THE LINCOLN UNIVERSITY’ IS NOW THE OFFICIAL NAME FOR THE INSTITUTION FORMERLY REFERRED TO AS ‘LINCOLN UNIVERSITY’ OR ‘LINCOLN UNIVERSITY OF PA’ AND SHOULD BE ADHERED TO IN ALL REFERENCES.
Founded in 1854, The Lincoln University (PA) is the FIRST of four Lincoln Universities in the world and is the nation’s FIRST degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The 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, Lincoln, which enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women, possesses an international reputation 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, Nnamdi Azikiwe, the FIRST President of Nigeria and a myriad of others.
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