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Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr.

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Board Member

Local Address: North Carolina, United States
Charlotte Area Educational Consortium

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • bachelors degree , biology
    Elizabeth City State University
  • doctorate , biology education
    Purdue University
  • masters degree
    Purdue University
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CAEC | Board of Directors, 14 Jan 2014 [cached]
Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. Livingstone College 704-216-6151
North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities -Private Colleges and Universities, 27 Mar 2014 [cached]
Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr. President Livingstone College
Board of Directors Directory - CIAA Tournament, 29 Jan 2013 [cached]
President, Dr. Jimmy Jenkins
Livingstone College
Leadership Foundations of America - Jeff Anderson - Board of Directors, 15 Oct 2009 [cached]
Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, Sr.
Dr. Jimmy Jenkins President, Livingstone College
A longtime educator and administrator, Dr. Jimmy Jenkins is president of Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC.
Dr. Jenkins most recently served as president of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, LF (1997-2005). During his tenure the college expanded its faculty and broke ground on its first buildings in decades while reducing its debt from $8.5 million to $500,000 in three years and increasing enrollment from 300 to 1,300 students.
Prior to his stint at Edward Waters College, Dr. Jenkins served as vice chancellor and chancellor of Elizabeth City State University (1977-95). While there, he secured the support of the State Legislature of North Carolina for construction of six major buildings on campus. He also launched a $5 million capital campaign, completing the fund-raising one year ahead of schedule.
Dr. Jenkins earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Elizabeth City State University, teaching certification in biology from Howard University and a master's and doctorate in biology education from Purdue University.
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Jenkins to give commencement address at SC college
Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins
Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins
Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., who became the 12th President of Livingstone College in February 2006, has earned the reputation of a Turn Around Artist, because of his knack for rescuing institutions from the brink of disaster. The traits most associated with his rescue accomplishments are establishing financial stability, increasing student enrollment, and building and beautifying the physical plant. Under Jenkins tenure, Livingstone College now has a new residence hall, the first in 35 years, an Events and Hospitality Center, and a state-of-the art student union. Likewise, the college now offers degrees and certificates through a Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Program, and, most importantly, its overall debt has been reduced by more than $10 million and its net assets have been increased by more than $14 million.
Before coming to Livingstone College, Jenkins was president of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla. There he found an institution on the verge of financial collapse and in jeopardy of losing its accreditation, with only 300 students, several boarded-up or condemned buildings, and more than $10 million in delinquent debt. Jenkins increased the student enrollment at Edward Waters to more than 1,400 in six years, renovated every building on campus, acquired apartment complexes and land around the campus, restarted the football program that had been discontinued some 35 years earlier, and built the first new building, a gymnasium, in 40 years. That gym now bears his name.
Before accepting the top administrative post at Edwards Waters College, Jenkins was chancellor at Elizabeth City State University. When he became ECSUs Chancellor in 1983, he became the schools first alumnus to become chief executive officer since its founding in 1892, and the youngest chancellor among the 16 institutions of the University of North Carolina System. Jenkins, a 1965 alumnus, remained the youngest chancellor in the system for eight of his 13 years as CEO. As chancellor, Jenkins was responsible for increasing student enrollment to more than 2,000 for the first time in school history. Jenkins was also responsible for the acquisition of 40 acres of what was then the old drive-in theater. The newest buildings at ECSU now sit on that property, including the Mickey L. Burnim Building and the Willie Gilchrist Building. Jenkins began working at his alma mater in 1972 as an assistant professor of biology, and over the next 25 years worked his way up the system, from assistant to associate to full professor with tenure, and from assistant dean for academic affairs to vice chancellor for academic affairs to senior vice chancellor, to acting chancellor and then chancellor.
During his tenure as chancellor, six new buildings were built and several new academic programs were implemented. The new science center, with a state-of-the-art planetarium, bears his name. Also under his tenure, the university had its accreditation reaffirmed.
Jenkins, a Selma, N.C., native, earned a bachelors degree in biology from Elizabeth City State University in 1965. He taught high school biology and chemistry on the eastern shore of Maryland before earning a masters degree and a doctorate in biology education from Purdue University in 1969 and 1972, respectively.
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