Lincoln College leaders ready to make an impact

Published on Friday, 23 February 2018 22:43


SOUTHINGTON - Lincoln College’s new president, Jim Vernon, and new director of admissions, Tammy Murphy, are committed to helping students to learn, grow and graduate ready for their fields.

Vernon, who became president of the college this past December, has 40 years of experience as an educator, including previously serving as the CEO of Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky.

He accepted the offer to become president for a number of reasons, but one of them was for the size of the campus. He said the small campus will allow him to get to know students and their parents better.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work at a number of schools and for me it is all about the students,” said Vernon. “We try to change lives one person at a time and help young people receive the education they need to find a career and support themselves.”

Vernon also pointed out that he likes the facility, staff and programs the school offers, and those things are also the reason he took this job.

Murphy, who became the director of admissions in January, has 20 years of experience working in schools. She stated that her favorite thing about being involved in education is watching students grow.

“I see people come in lacking confidence and unsure of themselves - maybe they are even the first in their family to go to college,” she said. “We want to break down barriers where students think that it is impossible for them to go to college.”

Vernon and Murphy said that they share the goal of getting the campus more involved in the local community going ahead.

“We want to be a great community partner,” said Vernon. “We recently hosted a Southington Chamber of Commerce Board meeting here free of charge and we also attended the Legislative Breakfast held by the Bristol Chamber at DoubleTree. We will soon be taking a legislative trip to Hartford.”

Murphy added that Lincoln College will have a booth at the Healthy Family Fun Fest that the Southington YMCA is holding at the Aqua Turf Club this weekend.

Vernon hinted that future plans for the college could include expanding the mortuary science program and considering new online opportunities in their nursing program.

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Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Friday, 23 February 2018 22:43. Updated: Friday, 23 February 2018 22:45.