- 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.

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


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