HARRISBURG (July 12) – State Senator Andy Dinniman is pleased to announce that two areas residents, Sandra Simmons and James Sumner, have been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Lincoln University.

“I look forward to working with Sandra Simmons and James Sumner on Lincoln’s Board of Trustees to ensure that we maintain the university’s tradition of excellence in education for the next generation of students and young people,” said Dinniman, who serves as both the governor’s representative on Lincoln’s board of trustees and as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee.

IMG_0073_1Sandra Simmons, of East Fallowfield, is President of the Women’s League for Minority Education, which has provided thousands of dollars in scholarship assistance to students attending college in the Commonwealth, including Lincoln University. She also headed the Social Equity and Affirmative Action office at the Coatesville Veterans Hospital for many years. Simmons also currently serves as a Commissioner of the Housing Authority of Chester County and is active in Mt. Tabor African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, where her husband, the Rev. Dr. James Simmons, serves as pastor.

James Sumner of Oxford attended both Lincoln University and West Chester University. He is a certified teacher who has taught in public schools, and served as Director of the Presbyterian education program of the Oxford Presbyterian Church. Sumner has also served as both a member of the Oxford Area School District Board of Directors and the Oxford Borough Council.

Both Simmons and Sumner were appointed to the Lincoln Board by President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Senator Joe Scarnati, on the recommendation of Senator Dinniman.

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is the nation’s first degree-granting historically black university. Lincoln has numerous notable alumni including poet Langston Hughes, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, musician Cab Calloway, Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of Nigeria and Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana.