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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.

Dillard University announces 2016 Phonathon PDF Print E-mail
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June 3, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – The Dillard University Office of Institutional Advancement is preparing for its 2016 Phonathon on Wednesday, June 15, and continuing on Thursday, June 16.  The event is part of Dillard’s push to meet its annual alumni-giving goal prior to the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year.


“We have had great success over the past three years in increasing our alumni giving," said Marc Barnes, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “This event is another step towards our supporters throughout the country to get them engaged and giving to the university on an annual basis.”


Volunteers will gather in the Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Mock Trial Courtroom in the Dillard Professional Schools and Sciences Building from 3 p.m., until 10 p.m., each day. They will place more than 1,000 phone calls to raise funds for Dillard programs.


Director of Development El Cabrel Lee is excited for the opportunity to regenerate the phonathon, which was last conducted in 2008.  “No one can talk about what Dillard is doing better than we can”, he said.  “Our goal is to make sure that the Dillard community knows about the great things we’re doing here and how they can be apart of that.  As the cost of educating students continues to rise, it is critical to have the support of your alumni in keeping the university strong.”


For more information visit and beginning June 3rd, you can make a contribution by calling TOLL FREE 1-844-DO-IT-4-DU (844-346-8438).

Seven Dillard Students Spend the Summer Studying at Law Schools Throughout the Country PDF Print E-mail
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Adria Kimbrough and Judge Kern A. Reese, working with Dillard University students during mock trail practice in the Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Mock Trial Courtroom. Photo by L. Kasimu Harris 

 May 31, 2016

Dillard University's long-standing history of producing graduates who have excelled in the areas of law and advocacy continues with seven students selected into 2016 summer law programs at various law school across the country.  

Faith Flugence ’18 and Malaysha Seals ’18 have been selected for the Ronald H. Brown Law School Prep Program for College Students at St. John’s University School of Law in New York.  This is an eight (8) week program prepares students for the challenges of law school and for the law school application process with courses taught by law school faculty, internships with judges and lawyers, a customized LSAT prep course; and with advising on all aspects of the admission process. It received an award from the American Bar Association for exemplary leadership and success in expanding the pipeline of diversity into the legal profession. Faith and Malaysha continue the tradition of Dillard alumna Lauren Lemonious '13 (who recently graduated from Harvard Law School) and Simona Sanders '16 (who will be starting law school at Golden Gate University in August) who also participated in the Ronald H. Brown program at St. John's University.  

Ke’Adria Miller ’19 was selected for two programs: the Summer for Undergraduates Program at Florida State University College of Law and the Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program at the Chicago-Kent College of Law (Illinois Institute of Technology). Ke’Adria has chosen to attend the program at Florida State which brings to campus undergraduate students from around the country for a month-long immersion into legal study.

Raven Morris ’19 was selected to attend the Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program at St. Louis University School of Law. As a part of this program, Raven will receive free room and board along with a $1,000 stipend and a $200 travel reimbursement.

Kevona Naylor-Dibble ’18 was selected to attend the University of Houston Law Center Pre-Law Pipeline Program.  This is an eight (8) program designed to equip students for the demands of the LSAT exam, the law school application process, a law school career and includes a law related internship.  Kevona received a full scholarship to attend.

Madison Torry ’19 was selected to attend the Pre-Law Scholars Summer Enrichment Program at Howard University School of Law.  This is a four (4) week program designed to help students gain admission into law school and succeed once there. As a part of this program, Madison will receive free room and board along with a $1,200 stipend.

 Victoria Whiteside ’18 was selected to attend the Summer Pre-Law Program sponsored by the University of Arkansas School of Law. This is a four (4) week program which includes LSAT professional development, guest speakers, and academic instruction, in Legal Systems and Process and Legal Communication and Oral Advocacy, that will assist the students in improving their performance in their undergraduate work across several disciplines.

About Dillard University's Legal Education 

Dillard University's history preparing student for law school and legal careers dates back to 1869 when Straight College instituted its law program and graduates were admitted to the Louisiana State Bar without examination. Pioneers and civil rights leaders like Louis A. Martinet and Rudolphe L. Desdunes were at the forefront of the landmark Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). Since then, Dillard has graduated hundreds of successful lawyers, judges, and legislators, including the late Revius O. Ortique Jr., the first African American to serve on the Louisiana Supreme Court, and today, Judge Carl E. Stewart, the first African American Chief Judge to serve on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dillard Signs Five-Year Agreement with U.S. Army Research Laboratory PDF Print E-mail
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Image taken from a video of Dr. Abdalla Darwish, center, working with students in the laser lab. 

May 31, 2016

Over the last fifteen years the Dillard University physics program has gained a national standing in conferring physics bachelor’s degrees to African Americans. Dillard’s program is among the Top 15 in the nation, and ranks as the second highest producer of African Americans who earn a bachelor’s degree PhDs in physics, according to the American Institute of Physics (AIP).  During that time the University has also established a strong working relationship with the United States Department of Defense to perform research.

As an extension of its current grants funding in physics, Dillard University has signed a five-year, multi-task Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL). 

Dr. Abdalla Darwish, Dillard’s first Presidential Professor, has long-standing relationships with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Army Research office (ARO) and the Army Research lab (ARL). He said, “The funding that we have secured will go to support student research during summer for 10 weeks for hands-on training and continued work throughout the upcoming academic year.”  

To date, more than 15 peer reviewed research papers and five patents are pending,  as a result from the current research.  “One of the most exciting projects developed is a double and triple Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) and Matrix assisted PLD,” Darwish continued, “which has changed the way Pulsed Laser Depositions are done around the world and advanced the technology to another dimension.”

The agreement is based on the discovery of a Novel Adaptable and Sensory Materials System.  The new materials system will be the  building blocks in the development of unique capabilities in intelligent multifunctional materials capable of detecting, analyzing, and reacting to environmental changes of the interests.  The ARL also sought out Dillard for its work on the cutting edge of the area of the fabrication of the thin film for optical, chemical and biosensors, and other nanotechnology sciences.

“A CRADA is typically reached with R1 institutions, and Dillard University with our cutting edge technology is on the way to reaching that level,” Professor Darwish said.  “This will open the doors to greater opportunities for more training for our physics and pre-engineering students and provide them with the skills they need for graduate school and beyond.”

Through the agreement, the ARL will provide core competencies in cryogenic nanostructuring process and smart materials process sciences while Dillard will provide core expertise in related analytical materials sciences and in a physics multi beam pulsed laser deposition process, recently invented by Professor Darwish himself.

Dr. Yolanda Page, Vice President for Academic Affairs, anticipates that the CRADA will strengthen the university’s ongoing projects with both the Army and Air Force. “Physics is one of Dillard’s signature programs and our goal is to be a primary destination for students who are interested in this particular discipline,” she said. “What makes this doubly exciting are the opportunities that will be afforded to our students to be involved in research and the opportunity for faculty exchange, bringing new minds to our campus and to continue to elevate our program.”

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Dillard has four selected as finalists for 2016 HBCU Awards PDF Print E-mail
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NEW ORLEANS – Dillard University has finalists in four categories at the upcoming Sixth Annual HBCU Awards.  The ceremony will be held on July 15, 2016 and is sponsored by HBCU Digest.  Finalists were selected from more than 600 submissions from around the country and were “based upon media exposure and impact on institutional progress made during the 2015-16 academic year,” according to the announcement released by HBCU Digest.

A panel of previous HBCU Award Winners, presidents and chancellors, media members that cover HBCUs, alumni, and students, selects the winners.  Winners are to be announced at the awards ceremony. 

Dillard University Nominations

Awards in Athletic Excellence

Male Coach of the Year – Mike Newell, Men’s Basketball

Male Athlete of the Year – Demetric Austin, Men’s Basketball

Men’s Team of the Year – Dillard University Men’s Basketball

Awards in Individual Achievement

Male Faculty Member of the Year – Robert Collins

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