- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) - The new president of two-year Lincoln College in central Illinois hopes to lead the school to four-year, university status.

President David Gerlach told The Pantagraph in Bloomington https://bit.ly/1HKqvC6 that he hopes to add five to seven bachelor’s-degree programs at the private school in Lincoln. Lincoln is about 30 miles southwest of Bloomington.

Gerlach says Lincoln was started as a four-year school in 1865 but scaled back during the Depression. It still offers two bachelor’s degrees In Lincoln and seven more at a satellite campus in Normal, though most are through an accelerated-education program.

Gerlach said full, four-year status would allow Lincoln to help Illinois’ economy grow while building the school and its enrollment.

Lincoln now has about 1,500 students.

Gerlach took over on June 15.


Information from: The Pantagraph, https://www.pantagraph.com

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