The announcement of the contributions from John
Blackburn, former President of Lincoln College and Jack Sparacio, a
1963 graduate of the College, came at the close of a kickoff
reception Thursday, July 28.
“This was a fantastic way to begin the public phase of our Campaign
for Lincoln College and I take it as a great sign that we are well
on our way of reaching, and I hope, surpassing our goal,” said
Lincoln College President David Gerlach. “We have been absolutely
overwhelmed by the positive response we have received during the
‘quiet’ phase and we look forward to the next steps, which will
allow us to share future good news with the public as we progress
toward our goal.”
To kick off the latest phase of the campaign, Lincoln College held a
reception on campus July 27 to brief donors and friends of the
College on the early results and set the stage for the next phase.
It was at the close of that reception and briefing that Blackburn
and Sparacio surprised those in attendance by announcing that each
is contributing an additional $25,000 to the Campaign, over and
above generous past contributions to the College.
Campaign co-chair Blackburn served as the 21st President of Lincoln
College from 2012 to 2015. Prior to becoming President, he had a
thirty-year career with COUNTRY Financial including 11 years as its
CEO. Blackburn is also a member of the Lincoln College Board of
Campaign co-chair Sparacio of Carlsbad, Calif., has had a
distinguished career in the medical products industry; plastics
engineering and development; and ultrasound technology, including
serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of SonoSite, Inc.,
before his retirement. He is also a Lincoln College Trustee.
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The aggressive fundraising will position Lincoln College for
further growth as the College returns to its roots as a four-year degree
granting institution, while at the same time continuing its longstanding
commitment to offer two-year degrees to students who find that a four-year
college career does not meet their needs.
One of the highlights of the kickoff reception was the premiere
of a special video that summarizes the impact that Lincoln College has on
students and the community at large. It can be viewed at
Although college enrollment in general, and small college
enrollment in particular, has been declining in recent years, Lincoln College
has been bucking the trend, showing consistent growth over the past several
years, particularly since the announcement of the return to a four-year
Major projects underway at Lincoln College include the restoration of historic
University Hall, the original building that housed Lincoln University when it
was launched in 1865. The multi-million-dollar project will allow the building
to once again be used for classroom space and offices. This summer the college
also undertook the renovation of a nearby apartment complex into dormitory
suites for upperclassmen.
There are a range of future projects planned, including improvements at the
Johnston Center for the Performing Arts, the Scully Natatorium, residence hall
upgrades and new science and computer lab equipment.
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