Pollard steps down from administration

by Erin Brock

Vice President and Dean of the College Dr. William F. Pollard will step down from his position effective July 31, 2012. After taking a yearlong sabbatical, he plans to return to the college as a professor of English.

During his time at Transylvania, Pollard added 10 faculty positions, some minors and seven new majors, including art history, biochemistry, German studies, international affairs, music technology, philosophy, politics and economics (PPE), and writing, rhetoric and communication (WRC). He also organized a national faculty seminar on 21st-century liberal education and established the First Engagements project familiar to all first-year students.

“Bill has been a valued colleague from the very beginning of my presidency,” said President R. Owen Williams in a press release. “While I will miss working with him as dean, I am delighted he will remain at Transylvania as a senior member of the faculty.”

Before beginning his tenure at Transylvania, Pollard was provost, dean of the college and professor of English at Georgetown College, and then vice president, dean of the college and professor of English at Huntingdon College.

He has also held positions at the University of Evansville, Belmont College, Maryville College and Oxford University. Pollard received his bachelor’s degree from Centre College and his Master of Arts, Master of Divinity and doctorate from Duke University. He also did postdoctoral study at Keble College, Oxford University.

Pollard is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa national honorary societies, the American Conference of Academic Deans and the Association of Chief Academic Officers of the Southern States. He received the honor of the 2010 Chief Academic Officer Award given by the Council of Independent Colleges, which recognized his collaboration with other leaders at independent colleges and universities.

“I have enjoyed my tenure as dean of the college and I am proud of all that has been achieved working in concert with faculty and staff,” Pollard said. “But I am excited about returning to the classroom and look forward to becoming a medievalist again.”

English, medieval English literature and medieval theology are Pollard’s areas of specialization. He has published several papers and co-edited several books and publications.

Pollard’s time away from Transy will be spent working with late medieval English manuscripts.


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