Larry McDonald retired as President of Lincoln Foundation in early 2019 after leading the organization for 18 years. Mr. McDonald began his tenure with Lincoln Foundation as a volunteer in 1985 helping with the design and launch of Project BUILD, a mini MBA program for high school students of color. That exposure led to his service on the Board of Trustees, and ultimately serving as the board’s vice chair. He took over the leadership as president of Lincoln Foundation in 2001, advancing the work of Dr. Samuel Robinson, President Emeritus, who created the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®.
Mr. McDonald worked tirelessly and passionately to preserve Lincoln Foundation’s rich history which dates to 1910 when Berea College Trustees founded Lincoln Institute, a prominent boarding school for African American students. His tenacity to advance the legacy of Whitney M. Young, Jr. and Sr. led to the renovation and creation of a photographic exhibit of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Birthplace and Interpretative Center, a National Historic Landmark. He also facilitated the renovation of what is now the Lincoln Institute Alumni Center which officially opened during a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony in July 2018.
McDonald leaves the organization with an exemplary track record of expanding the Whitney M. YOUNG Scholars Program®, doubling the net assets of the Lincoln Foundation, and facilitating educational programs that have enabled thousands of students to improve their futures by obtaining their high school diplomas and college degrees.
Larry and his wife Terry are proud parents and grandparents.