Ivory V. Nelson

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Ivory V. Nelson is an African American educator and scientist.

Nelson graduated magna cum laude from Grambling State University, in Louisiana, in 1959, with a bachelor's degree in secondary education, and chemistry. Then, he entered the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where he graduated with the Doctor of Philosophy degree in analytical chemistry.

Nelson's career in higher education includes receiving the Fulbright Lectureship, serving as department head, assistant dean of academic affairs, and vice president for research.

During the early 1980s, Nelson also served as acting president of Prairie View A&M University and as executive assistant to the chancellor of the Texas A&M University System.

From 1986 to March 1992, he served as chancellor of the Alamo Community College District, San Antonio, Texas.

Nelson was president of Central Washington University (CWU) from 1992 to 1999.

He served as the twelfth president of Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) from August 15, 1999 to November 2011.[1] A new science building at Lincoln University that opened in the Autumn of 2009, housing mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry and physics departments, was one of the projects, completed under Nelson's presidency, part of a $325m campus refurbishment.[1]


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