Lincoln University Initiative

Introductory Fact Sheet

Candidate for President, Lincoln University Alumni Association

LaJoyce Chatwell Lawton, Ed.D.

Offices held locally/nationally within the Alumni Association

  • President, Miami Chapter, 1974 – 1976. Earl Wilson helped us reorganize, along with the Wallace family (mother and daughter graduates)
  • President, Houston Chapter, 2013 – present

lu miamiActivities/projects/contributions to Lincoln University/Alumni Association

  • Miss Freshman Attendant (1965 Homecoming Court & Parade)
  • Distinguished Alumni (1980 Archives)
  • Initiated “Project 2000” and “Life + 40s, 50s” (Houston Chapter)
  • Facilitated Founder’s Day celebration with the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum and proposed creating a 2014 Founder’s Day memento. Recommended hosting one of our national conventions at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (Houston Alumni Chapter)



Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

The Houston Chapter celebrated LU Founder’s Day by participating in the National Buffalo Soldiers Museum annual gala. LU is the only HBCU that was founded by African American military, so there is a natural connection between our two organizations. This year BSNM honored the JAG Corp. The fact that LU formerly had a School of Law is further evidence of synergy between LU and BSNM.

Life + 40s, 50’s

The Founder’s Day memento will do the following: celebrate our university founders, highlight the Lincoln University School of Law and any Lincolnites who were/are part of the JAG Corps, honor our chapter darlings (Life + 40’s, 50’s) and be used as a recruiting tool. The chapter darlings are Life Members or those who graduated in the 40s or 50s. They include: Barry Loggins (Life), Walter Jackson (Life), Irma Kendrick (1954), Vernice Carter (1951), Muriel Dudley (1954), Sandra Wilson (1957), Mary York (1957), Jeretha Fields-Harris (1947). The Life + 40’s, 50’s initiative includes interviewing our chapter darlings about why they chose to become life members, why they elected to attend LU, once there what made them stay, the professor who influenced them most while at LU and why, what advice they will give current LU students, their thoughts about what LU is doing now. Place excerpts of their interviews on FB to use for historical and recruitment purposes. Evangelist Sandra Wilson is facilitating this project.

Project 2000

Project 2000 targets all Lincoln University (Houston area residents) who graduated in 2000 or later. We offer them mentors and we want their insights and participation.

We will provide them a mentor for one year. This mentor will interact with them once per month (in whatever format the two agree upon) to help them in whatever area they desire i.e. corporate life, entrepreneurship, graduate school or ministry. Our mentors are LU graduates or friends of LU who are at the top of their respective fields.

Expected outcomes for Project 2000:

  • Help in developing a recruitment strategy
  • Succession planning for leadership roles in the alumni association (local and national)
  • Create a pool of potential delegates for upcoming national conventions

List of any goals or expectations you wish to fulfill if elected for this office

  • Facilitate Project 2000 becoming a national initiative
  • Establish an ongoing relationship with the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum


Inductee, Talented Tenth Exceptional Scholars, Delta Sigma Theta Arts and Letters
Committee. Organization now called San Antonio Ladies of The Talented
Tenth – SALTT (Texas)
Honoree, Salute to Outstanding Women in Action, Religion Award, LaPrensa
Foundation, Inc. (Texas)
Graduate, Inaugural Class, African American Leadership Institute, Alamo City
Chamber Education Foundation, Inc. (Texas)
Recipient, Ameritech Scholarship, Indianapolis Entrepreneur Academy (Indiana)
Member, Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women (Oklahoma)
International Judge, Yamaha World Music Festival (Japan)
Distinguished Alumni, Lincoln University (Missouri)

Donations to Lincoln University

Select the Foundation or the Alumni Association

Both entities have 501 C 3 statuses