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Pollard receives Chief Academic Officer award

William PollardWilliam F. Pollard, Transylvania vice president, dean of the college, and professor of English, was honored by the Council of Independent Colleges with its 2010 Chief Academic Officer Award. The award recognizes his contributions to colleagues at independent colleges and universities across the country.

As a member of the CIC’s Chief Academic Officers Task Force (2006-09), Pollard helped develop programs and chaired sessions at the annual institute for chief academic officers. For over 15 years he has been an evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa national honorary societies, the American Conference of Academic Deans, and has served as president and secretary of the Association of Chief Academic Officers of the Southern States.

“Bill Pollard exemplifies the purpose of the CIC Chief Academic Officer Award,” said Ginny Coombs, CIC vice president for annual programs. “He has always made himself available to colleagues and generously shared his time and expertise without regard for personal gain or public accolades.” Transylvania President R. Owen Williams said, “Dean Pollard is very deserving of this national honor. He is an active scholar and is well respected by his colleagues. His appreciation for the liberal arts is remarkable.”

Pollard, who came to Transylvania in 2004, has published on medieval English literature and is co-editor of Mysticism and Spirituality in Medieval England with Robert Boenig and Vox Mystica: Essays on the English Mystical Tradition Honoring Valerie Lagorio with Anne Bartless, Thomas Bestul, and Janet Goebel.

Prior to coming to Transylvania, he was provost and dean of the college at Georgetown College and vice president, dean of the college, and professor of English at Huntingdon College.

“I appreciate the opportunities given me by the CIC to work for the past 16 years with my fellow chief academic officers from across the country,” Pollard said. “I have also been blessed to work on behalf of faculty and students at Huntingdon, Georgetown, and now Transylvania.”

The CIC is an association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education, and enhance higher education’s contributions to society.

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