10 Mar 2020

Saint Augustine’s University Announces the Appointment of Dr. Maria Arvelo Lumpkin to the Role of Interim President

Raleigh, NC –The Board of Trustees at Saint Augustine’s University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Maria Arvelo Lumpkin to the role of Interim President. The appointment is effective immediately.

According to Board of Trustees Chairman The Honorable Chief Justice James C. Perry, “The Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) Board of Trustees is pleased to report that Dr. Maria A. Lumpkin has been named the Interim President of Saint Augustine’s University.” He added that “Dr. Lumpkin is the youngest person to lead the university in its 153 year history. In her previous role as Chief Operating Officer for the University, Dr. Lumpkin has already proven to be a transformational leader. One of her most notable accomplishments is leading the team that procured a $3.5 million dollar Emergency Assistance grant from the United States Department of Education. Throughout her career, Dr. Lumpkin has brought a student-centered approach to her work and the institutions she has served. Dr. Lumpkin’s experience and credentials are extensive. She received her bachelor’s degree, cum laude from Saint Augustine’s College, now University, in 1996; a Master of Urban Studies degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia; and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from Clark Atlanta University. She holds certification as a Case Teaching instructor by the Institute for Case Teaching at the Harvard University School of Divinity. Her decisive leadership style and genuine care for the University make her an ideal choice to continue the legacy.”

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