Jerome Offord, Jr.
Jerome Offord, Jr.
Dean of Library Services and University Archives, Lincoln University; Interim Provost of Lincoln University
Research Interests: Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Diversity and Professional Recruitment
Jerome Offord, Jr. is the Dean of Library Services and University Archives, and Assistant Professor at Lincoln University in Missouri. He has a dual appointment as the Dean of Library Services and University Archives leading the Inman E. Page Library and ensuring that the library organization is student and faculty centered while providing innovative and traditional library services. As the Library Science Department Head and Assistant Professor, he is responsible for leading a team of library science faculty who are responsible for growing and teaching library science courses for undergraduates who have declared Library and Information Science as their academic minor. Lincoln University created a minor in Library and Information Science to help recruit students from underrepresented groups into careers in library and information science.
Jerome has over 10 years of experience in higher education and has eight years of non-profit management experience. Jerome's educational background includes a B.S. in agriculture from Lincoln University of Missouri, a M.S. in higher education from Colorado State University, and an M.L.S. from Catholic University. Jerome has published several articles and has made presentations on numerous occasions about minority recruitment. Jerome also believes in serving the community. He is active with his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (the oldest historically African American collegiate fraternity) where he serves as the Fraternity's National Archivist and a member of its Historic Commission. Jerome serves as mentor, advisor, and resource to those in the community and campus.