The Lincoln University community is mourning the unexpected death of Dr. Antoinette “Bonnie” Candia-Bailey, Vice President for Student Affairs, while grappling with unsettling allegations of workplace bullying and a toxic environment that surrounded her final days.
Dr. Candia-Bailey, an alumna of Lincoln University and a revered figure in the community, passed away on January 8th, 2024. Her death sent shockwaves through the campus, with students, faculty, and alumni expressing deep sorrow and sharing heartfelt tributes. However, the grief has been accompanied by a growing wave of anger and concern fueled by unconfirmed reports of Dr. Candia-Bailey’s struggles within the university administration.
These reports, supported by an email allegedly sent by Dr. Candia-Bailey before her death, paint a disturbing picture of alleged bullying and severe mistreatment at the hands of President John Moseley. This has sparked outrage and protests demanding President Moseley’s resignation, with the hashtag #FireMoseley gaining traction online and resonating within the community.
Adding to the turmoil is the news of an investigation launched by the Board of Curators into the university’s handling of Dr. Candia-Bailey’s situation. This investigation aims to determine whether proper support was provided and whether university policies were followed in addressing her concerns. The results of this investigation are highly anticipated, as they are expected to shed light on the circumstances surrounding Dr. Candia-Bailey’s death and potentially hold those responsible accountable.
Amidst the swirling emotions and unfolding developments, one thing remains clear: the Lincoln University community is hurting. Their beloved leader, a champion for social justice and student well-being, is gone, leaving a void that is difficult to fill.
This story continues to evolve, and the coming days and weeks are likely to bring further revelations and potential consequences. With eyes fixed on the investigation and demands for accountability, the Lincoln University community navigates a period of grief, confusion, and growing discontent, hoping to find answers and a path forward while honoring the memory of Dr. Antoinette “Bonnie” Candia-Bailey.