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12 Dec 2010

High technology science building to be named in honor of President Ivory Nelson

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December 12, 2010 Category: Stateside Posted by:

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – Early in his tenure at Lincoln University, Dr. Ivory V. Nelson developed a five-year strategic plan with a clear vision supported by solid financial planning and phased construction.  At the close of his presidency, Dr. Nelson can be noted for transforming the first Historically Black University into a financially sound, academically flourishing institution with facilities that prepare learners to compete aggressively in their field.


Because of President Nelson’s charge to advance Lincoln University to the top in higher education, the University Board of Trustees has announced that it will name the High Technology Science Building in his honor.



“Dr. Nelson’s commitment to advancing Lincoln University’s mission is exemplary,” said Lincoln University Chairman Bishop David G. Evans.  “It is our privilege to acknowledge his leadership with this special recognition.  Our state-of-the-art High Technology Science facility continues Lincoln’s nationally recognized commitment in science education and research.  The Board of Trustees is pleased to name this magnificent facility in his honor.”


The state-of-the art facility opened in September of 2009, possessing over 20 laboratories for physics, chemistry, biology, simulations, teaching and research.  There are four centers for peer and faculty-student tutoring, a science library, and a plant growth room.  Students and faculty have access to their own lounge and three conference centers.  Instruction takes place in classrooms, lecture halls and/or laboratories.  


“I am deeply honored by the decision of the Lincoln University Board of Trustees to name the new state-of-the-art, high-technology science center in my honor,” said Nelson.  “As president, my vision is for Lincoln University to continue in its tradition of producing leaders, by strengthening our science programs and providing our students with first-class resources to engage in all aspects of learning and advanced research.  It has been a most rewarding experience to lead the University through a period of advancement and change, in all areas of our students’ education.  The distinction of being recognized in this way is a tribute for which there are no words.”


An acclaimed chemist, Dr. Nelson enjoyed a successful academic career that included receiving the Fulbright Lectureship, teaching graduate and undergraduate chemistry, and serving as department head, assistant dean of academic affairs, and vice president for research.  His career in the corporate sector includes assignments as a research chemist for both Union Carbide and American Oil Company.


In its first one hundred years of existence, Lincoln graduated approximately 20 percent of the black physicians in the nation.  As a tribute to that legacy, Dr. Nelson has created a center of excellence in the sciences, Grand Research Educational Awareness and Training (GREAT) for Health Disparities, which seeks to increase the number of minorities involved in minority health issues and promote awareness of personal health. 


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