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John Lincoln

John Lincoln

Chief of Staff


Colorado State University
102 Administration Building
Fort Collins, CO 80523-0100


  • Senior Advisor to the President
  • Chief of Staff


John Lincoln is the Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Colorado State University President. He oversees the Office of the President and provides leadership on the President�s behalf on a broad range of institutional matters.

After graduating in 1981 from Arizona State University College of Law, Lincoln worked with the Navajo Tribe in Window Rock. A few years later, he left law and became a member of the Franciscan Order. As a Franciscan brother, he was assigned to develop education programs to help disadvantaged youth and the homeless in inner-city Cincinnati and Chicago. He later returned to Arizona to become principal of Saint Michael Catholic School, a position he held for about six years.

In 1989, Lincoln began working for Arizona State University, where he served as executive director of the Office of Youth Preparation and Project PRIME at ASU. He also served as executive director of the American Indian Institute, which was started about a year after he joined ASU.

Over the course of his career, Lincoln has managed large grants from the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, PEW Charitable Trusts and American Honda Foundation. He served many years as a consultant evaluator for the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, and he led regional and national partnerships with the College Board and Educational Testing Service to develop new programs and expand advanced placement curricula to students in at-risk communities. Lincoln has also applied his expertise throughout the nation, helping to develop programs for diverse and unique populations in Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas.