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Appointment of Timothy L. Jenkins as
Interim President of the University
June 19, 2001




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University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees
4200 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20008
Telephone (202) 274-5186 Fax (202) 274-5304

University of the District of Columbia 
June 19, 2001

Board of Trustees Announces Interim President of the University of the District of Columbia and Status of the Search for a New President

The Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia announces the appointment of Timothy L. Jenkins, J.D., as Interim President of the University.

The Board of Trustees is pleased that we have the opportunity to have an individual of the stature of Mr. Jenkins to serve the University, its students, faculty and staff, while we conduct a national search for a new President.

Mr. Jenkins' background includes being a Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Howard University and receiving his Juris Doctor degree from Yale University Law School. Mr. Jenkins is currently Chairman of the Board of Unlimited Visions Multimedia, Inc. He has previously served UDC as a visiting Professor of Law at the David A. Clarke School of Law and until recently as a member of the University's Board of Trustees. Previously Jenkins was chairinan of The MATCH Institution, an international management consultant firm.

Mr. Jenkins experience and dedication to the community are extensive and impressive. He served as Chairman of the Technology Committee of the Kellogg Foundation Task Force on Black Men and Boys, Vice Chairman of the Bethune Museum and Archives of the U.S. Department of Interior, Member of the US Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Hunger and Starvation in the Third World, Co-Chairman of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, and Trustee and Chairman of the Finance Committee, Howard University.

Timothy Jenkins has been a visiting Professor at New York State University at Old Westbury, was elected outstanding Professor in 1968 at Howard University Law School, and has written extensively on technology, education and a variety of international topics.

Board of Trustees Chair, Dr. Charles Ogletree said, "Jenkins brings to the University his commitment, knowledge and passion. The same passion led him to travel to Mississippi in the 60's to help develop the freedom schools and later become Chief Federal Lobbyist for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He has a passion to serve the students of UDC, to insure that they receive an education that will allow them to participate fully in our society and enjoy the fruits of their efforts, and will allow the University to move forward on its mission during this time of transition. This passion, combined with the intimate knowledge he has of the Urnversity, gained as a former faculty member, his two years of volunteer service on the Board of Trustees and the work he has undertaken rcccntly at the request of thc Board to analyze the problem areas of the University, will make him a productive Interim President."

Jenkins stated that, "I am honored to have this opportunity to serve the University of the District of Columbia, its students, faculty and staff in this new way. I agreed to accept an appointment to the Board of Trustees of the University first from Mayor Marion Barry and then from Mayor Anthony Williams, because I believed that a great city ought to have a great University. I believed then and know now that UDC has the capacity to fulfill that promise to all the people of the District of Columbia. There are many issues facing the University but none that cannot be overcome with hard work and dedicated commitment on the part of our students, faculty, staff, Board of Trustees and the political powers in the District. I will work hard to present this University in a bright new light as I work during this transitional period to prepare for a new President."

Interim President Jenkins will begin work as Interim President on July 1st.

The Board of Trustees also announces its selection of Korn/Ferry International as consultant to its presidential search committee. Kern/Ferry is recognized as one of the nation's largest executive search firms. Korn/Ferry is an internationally respected search firm with major education clients around the nation. John H. Kuhnle, Managing Director of Korn/ferry's Education Practice, who is located in DC, will lead the Korn/Ferry team. He will he assisted by Gilroye A. Griffin, Jr., a managing director of the firm's New York office and head of the firm's diversity practice, and by W. Kurt Foreman, a senior associate in the D.C. office.

The 17-member search committee is composed of faculty, administrators, non- managerial staff, students, and trustees. It has already met five times in the preliminary stages of organizing a national search. The Committee will soon begin formal advertising and solicitation of nominees. The Committee will post regular status reports of its progress on the University of the District of Columbia web-site.

CONTACT: Edna King, 202-274-5100

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Yale University Law School -- 
Administrative Law, Thurman Arnold Prize; Beinecke Foundation and Rabinowitz Fund
Scholarships; Elected to Thomas Swan Barrister's Union 
LL.B. and J.D Degrees

Howard University --
Phi Beta Kappa; Four-Year Merit Scholarship; 
Scholarship to Harvard University International Relations Seminars. 
B.A. Degree, Magna Cum Laude


Formerly Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia;
Chairman, Access to Technology Committee of Potomac Regional Education Project (PREP)
Technology Advisor for Church Association for Community Services


Contributor to Technology and the Future, Bedford/St. Martins Press (1999) 
Co-Author of Black Futurists in the Information Age (1997)


Chairman of the Board, Unlimited Visions Multimedia, Inc.; 
Director of The Lion's Jewel (TLJ International),


  • Visiting Professor of Law, David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC 
  • Consultant to United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights on combating discrimination on the Internet/Geneva, Switzerland 
  • Consultant to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to develop afterschool/distance learning networks to underserved people 
  • Publisher of American Visions Magazine 
  • Chairman of the Asia/Near East Division of DAC International, Inc. (Philadelphia, Pa., Washington, D.C., and Cairo, Egypt) 
  • Chairman of The MATCH Institution (Public/Private Consultants) 
  • Governor of the United States Postal Service 
  • Partner in the International Law Firm of Jones, Jenkins and Warden 
  • Chairperson of the Housing and Rent Commission of the District of Columbia, and the Mayor's Emergency Commission on Condominium Conversions 
  • Outstanding Professor of Administrative Law, Howard University 
  • Deputy to the Commissioner and Assistant to the Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
  • Head of Government Contracts Unit at Smith, Kline and French Laboratories 
  • Associate Attorney at Norris, Green, Brown, and Higginbotham, Attorneys at Law (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • Vice President of the United States National Student Association 
  • Chief Lobbyist Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

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