Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., Ph.D.
On February 8, 2006, the Livingstone College Board of Trustees named Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., the school’s 12th president. A longtime educator and administrator, Dr. Jenkins was chosen from among five finalists.
Dr. Jenkins most recently served as president of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida from 1997 to 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 growing its enrollment from 300 students to 1,300 students.
Prior to his stint at Edward Waters College, Jenkins served as vice chancellor and chancellor of Elizabeth City State University from 1977 to 1995. 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.
Jenkins earned a Bachelors degree in Biology from Elizabeth City State University in 1965. Prior to returning to Selma, NC, where he grew up and attended the public schools, Jenkins earned a teaching certification in Biology from Howard University and taught general science, biology, and chemistry in several Centerville, MD, high schools. During this time, he realized the importance of additional scholarly work and matriculated in the graduate program at Purdue University, where he received his M.S. in biology in 1970 and his doctorate in Biology education one year later. While at Purdue, Jenkins served as a teaching assistant, a graduate research assistant, and a supervisor of student teachers. It was as a research assistant that he jointly developed (with Dr. Gerald Krockover) the mini PATT Approach to Individualized Instruction, used by thousands of teachers in various applications.
After completing his graduate work for the Ph.D., Jenkins continued his commitment to the pursuit of excellence in education through his memberships in learned societies, educational and professional associations, and through numerous honors and publications.
A sampling of his affiliations, both past and present, include the North Carolina Academy of Science, National Alliance of Black School Educators, American Institute of Biological Sciences, American Conference of Academic Deans, American Biology Teachers Association, American Association of Higher Education, and the American Association of University Professors. Additionally, Jenkins has been appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to the Humanities Committee, Board of Science and Technology, Committee on Public Understanding of Science and Technology, and the Oversight Committee for Official Labor Market Information.
During his distinguished career, Jenkins has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards. These include memberships in the scholastic honor societies of Alpha Kappa Mu, Phi Delta Kappa, and Beta Beta Biological Society; selections as one of the “Outstanding Personalities of the South” and as one of the “Outstanding Young Men in America.” He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Evidence of Jenkins’ excellent expository skills is found in his numerous articles in professional journals and in his keynote address to countless convocations, seminars, and consortia.
Jenkins is married to the former Dr. Faleese Moore, a 1966 graduate of Elizabeth City State University, of Darden, NC. The Jenkins’ are the parents of three children, Dr. Lisa Lopez, a dentist, Ginger Jenkins, a lawyer, and Jimmy Jenkins Jr., a graphic artist and college lecturer.