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Dillard University partners with local churches to host Gentilly/Pontchartrain Park Community Health Festival PDF Print E-mail
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WHO:             Dillard University Office of Community & Church Relations in conjunction with

                      Bethany United Methodist Church, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and Pentecost Baptist Church


WHAT:           This free event offers a wide range of health screening services, including diabetes testing, fitness and exercise instruction, healthy cooking demonstrations, and vegetable gardening activities.  There will also be live gospel music performances, activities for children, and a number of food vendors on hand from participating churches.

WHERE:         Bethany United Methodist Church

                      4533 Mendez Street

                      New Orleans, La. 70126


WHEN:           Saturday, July 16, 2016

                      10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHY:             The event is the second health fair sponsored by Dillard University’s Churches in Unity initiative. Churches in Unity serves as a collaborative among local churches to accomplish long-term community goals and objectives in the areas of health, education, economic development, youth leadership, and housing.

For more information contact Nick Harris at 504-473-1141 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dillard University Reaches Record Numbers for Alumni Giving PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – The Dillard University Division of Institutional Advancement has released its alumni fundraising results for fiscal year 2015-16.

For the third time in as many years, Dillard University has increased alumni giving, both in total number of donors and in giving percentage. This year, 1,203 Dillard alumni made contributions totaling $1,704,114.22.  Both numbers represent all-time highs for Dillard.  Since 2012-13, the university has more than tripled its alumni giving rate, climbing from 4.8 percent to 15 percent during that time.

“One of the key indicators of the strength of any institution is the amount of giving done by alumni,” said Dillard President Walter M. Kimbrough.  “Over the last three years our alumni have done a great job in raising their level of support for our students and our academic mission,” he added.  Their commitment to Dillard has made us stronger and we look for the success of the last few years to grow.”

Since fiscal year 2013-14, Dillard has increased total alumni giving by more than 212 percent and nearly $1.16 million, while raising its total number of donors by 61 percent over the three-year period.

“We are so thankful for the generosity of our alumni, who have come together in unprecedented numbers this year,” said Marc A. Barnes, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “Dillard can also be proud of the complete effort given by our advancement team, particularly over the last 90 days, in reaching out to alumni and encouraging them to give.  This year was historic, and we expect to continue to make history moving forward.”

Dillard University Announces Academic Restructuring PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – Vice President of Academic Affairs Yolanda Page announced plans to restructure the University’s colleges in order to increase efficiency.  These recommendations were submitted to and approved by all appropriate constituent groups, including the Dillard University Board of Trustees.

“After a very thorough process, the consensus is that the changes made to our academic infrastructure will allow us to streamline some of our operations while maintaining their quality,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Yolanda Page.

 The following changes are effective at the start of the 2016-17 academic year:

·      The College of General Studies will be eliminated, which includes the Academic Center for Excellence, General Education/core curriculum, physical education, and undergraduate research;

·      The Academic Center for Excellence will directly report to the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs;

·      General education and core curriculum will be overseen by a standing committee of the Dillard Faculty Senate;

·      Physical education will be placed within the administrative oversight of the Dean of Arts and Sciences;

·      Undergraduate research will report to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

None of the outlined changes will impact student degree programs.

Dillard Athletic Director Kiki Baker Barnes named to Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Board of Directors PDF Print E-mail
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kbb-ad-headshot-2013NEW ORLEANS – This week, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation unanimously approved the nomination of Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes to its Board of Directors.  Founded in 1988, the GNOSF serves to “attract and manage sporting events that have a positive economic impact on the Greater New Orleans area”, including the Super Bowl, Final Four, and the New Orleans Bowl.

It has been an outstanding year for Dr. Baker Barnes.  The Dillard University Athletic Director led her program to one of its most successful campaigns ever in 2015-16. The Bleu Devils earned their first Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Thomas Howell Cup for all-around athletic excellence.  The Dillard men’s basketball team and the women’s track team earned conference titles and the entire program seems poised for improvement next year.

Personally, Baker Barnes has earned three GCAC Athletic Director of the Year awards and serves as the conference’s president.  She was selected as the 2015 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) and is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Athletic Directors Association Board of Directors.  Locally, she was honored earlier this year at the NOLA Boss Awards as a leading woman in community leadership.

“I am honored by this opportunity to serve the city of New Orleans”, said Dr. Baker Barnes.  “Athletics has played such a tremendous role in my life and I see the impact is has in a number of areas.  It is a great privilege to be associated with the GNOSF and I look forward to contributing to its success in whatever way that I can.”

Dillard University Names Roland N. Bullard Jr. Vice President for Student Success PDF Print E-mail
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new-vp-student-successNEW ORLEANS – Dillard University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Roland N. Bullard Jr. as Vice President for Student Success.

In this role, Bullard will be responsible for oversight of Student Affairs, University Housing, Career Services, Health Services, TRiO programs, Recreation & Wellness, the University Chaplain’s Office, and the Campus Police Department.

Bullard graduated from Indiana University with a Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy Studies.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Florida Atlantic University; a Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina; and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis.

Bullard has spent the previous 18 years working on college campuses, with roles at his alma mater, Florida Atlantic, as well as serving as Director of Student Activities at Presbyterian College; Coordinator of Academic Support Programs at IUPUI; Learning Site Director for ITT-Technical Institute; academic dean for non-traditional student programs at Charleston Southern University; administrative fellow at Harvard University; Vice President for Student Development at St. Augustine’s University; and as Executive Dean in the Division of Student Success at Florida State College at Jacksonville. 

He is a member of the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators, American College Personnel Association, Southern Association for College Student Affairs, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.

Bullard and his wife, Rachel Sloan Bullard, have two sons, Raylind and Roland III.

“Dr. Bullard brings a wealth of experience and a commitment to students to Dillard University,” President Walter M. Kimbrough says.  “His work as an executive and his level of dedication to continuing to learn about best practices in student engagement and support make him well suited to advance Dillard’s mission.”

“As the needs of students and our student populations continue to change, it is increasingly important that universities stay at the forefront of providing the services that help them transition from high school to the college environment and from the student experience to graduation,” Bullard says.  “That has been my calling throughout my career and I look forward to this opportunity to help our educators, professionals, and most importantly our students embrace their unique skills in reaching our potential as a division and theirs as the future leaders of tomorrow.

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