UNCP appoints Pollard as provost
PEMBROKE — Marsha Pollard, an esteemed higher education professional with more than two decades of experience in strategic planning, executive-level leadership and academic administration at top national universities, has been named provost and vice -Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UNC-Pembroke.
Pollard is currently provost of Berkeley College, a multi-campus college with five locations in New York and New Jersey. She previously held senior positions at the American International College, Stony Brook University and New York University.
Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings made the announcement following a special board meeting on Thursday. Trustees voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Provost Search Committee.
“I look forward to Dr. Pollard joining the UNCP as the new provost,” Cummings said. During her visit to campus, she spoke with our faculty, staff, and community, providing a perspective that I believe will be a perfect fit for our university.
“With the responsibility to lead and support our faculty in teaching, research and service, the provost is essential in all aspects of our university and its future. UNCP is recognized as a driver of economic development in southeastern North Carolina, and Dr. Pollard has the experience and vision to ensure the university continues to build on that role. developing academic pathways to meet the unique needs of our region,” Cummings said.
Pollard said she considers it “a pleasure and a privilege” to be appointed as the university’s senior academic administrator.
“It is quite evident that the UNCP is committed to ensuring the excellence and relevance of its academic offerings and to providing its students with a high-quality education that is accessible, affordable and allows them to pursue learning while throughout life, prepares them for professional success and fosters the development of socially responsible citizens and leaders,” said Pollard.
“I am excited to serve as a partner to Chancellor Cummings in promoting inclusive excellence and social mobility for our students at UNC Pembroke.”
Looking ahead, Pollard noted that a major priority for academic affairs will be the development of workforce-relevant programs that prepare students for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
“UNCP’s distinctive commitment to undergraduate, graduate, and professional education aims to cultivate a diverse community of learning, imagination, and discovery.
“This commitment to diversity is central to our mission and the Office of the Provost is strongly committed to fostering a creative and supportive academic environment for all students.
“Given the diversity of our incredible student body and the differences we see in levels of academic readiness, socio-economic strata, parental education, immigration status, race and ethnicity and other attributes, it demonstrates that we need to meet our students where they are and not where we expect them to be,” Pollard said.
“I plan to work with the distinguished faculty at UNCP to ensure that we foster student-led learning environments. As a provost, your ability to develop academic programs and initiatives that will transform the lives of your students depends largely on the faculty. We are so fortunate that our faculty is extremely talented and qualified, and committed to the success of our students and the university,” she continued.
In addition to her provost role at Berkeley College, her extensive experience in higher education includes appointments as Acting Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at American International College, Associate Academic Director at Stony University Brook and director of operations at New York University.
Dr. Pollard currently serves on the New Jersey President’s Council Academic Affairs Committee, the New Jersey President’s Council Transfer Committee, and the Westchester County Association Workforce Development Committee.
She was recently named to City & State’s Power of Diversity: Women 100 2021, which recognizes New York’s most powerful and influential women in business, government, advocacy, academia, media, and the arts. -of the.
Dr. Richard Gay, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, led the Provost’s 19-member search committee. The process included multiple interactions and open forums during finalists’ campus visits. Members of the campus community were given the opportunity to provide feedback on the nominees.
The committee agreed that Pollard stood out among a pool of highly qualified and diverse applicants.
“His experience will help position the UNCP competitively in the world of higher education,” said Gay. “During multiple interactions with her, she has proven to be visionary, ethical, hardworking and an advocate for students and faculty. She is also a champion of diversity and inclusion.
“I’m excited about the work we will all do together,” Gay added.
Pollard holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from New York University; a master’s degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University; and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Florida.
A first-generation college graduate and descendant of the Arawak tribe, Pollard immigrated with her parents from Guyana when she was four years old.
His appointment will begin on May 16. Pollard will move to the area with her husband Jack, her parents Roger and Barbara, and her two canine companions, Toby and Togo.
Mark Locklear is the public communications specialist at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.