York College at Cortland 1991-92 and provost
and vice president of academic affairs at SUNY Cortland 1989-93,
and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and associate
professor of philosophy at Seattle University in Washington
While at St. John's University in
Collegeville, Minn., and College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph,
Minn., Pollick was director of College Abroad in the Office
of International Education 1981-84 and chairperson of the
Department of Philosophy 1980-84. He was academic coordinator
in the Office of International Education 1980-81, chairperson
of the Humanities Division 1978-80, and assistant professor
of philosophy 1977-84 at St. John's University.
He also has been a philosophy lecturer
at both the University of San Diego, California, and at the
University of Ottawa, Canada, as well as a teacher of emotionally
handicapped children and of neurologically and physically
handicapped children from grades one through nine. He is
a U.S. Navy veteran having served during the Vietnam War.
Pollick's interest in architectural
design and sculpture has led to the design, co-design, or
consultation on some 15 college facilities and structures
over the past decade, many on the Lebanon Valley campus and
many which have been recognized regionally and nationally.
He received his bachelor's degree
in philosophy from the University of San Diego, his master's
degree in philosophy from the University of Ottawa, his Ph.L.
in philosophy from St. Paul's University in Ottawa,
and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Ottawa.
Pollick's wife, Karen Bentley Pollick,
is a nationally recognized concert musician and conductor.
She performs on the violin, viola, piano, and hardangerfele.
Holding bachelor's and master's degrees in violin
from Indiana University, she has performed solo concerts
across the U.S., and in Europe, Asia, Canada, and Russia.
She has toured with the New York Philharmonic, the Bolshoi
Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov's “White Oak Dance
Project,” and Barbra Streisand's 1994 concert
tour; recorded with the Dave Matthews Band and Evanescence;
performed in the New Mexico and Seattle symphonies; and been
concertmaster of the New York String Orchestra.
The search to replace Berte, Birmingham-Southern's
longest-serving president, began in November 2003 and involved
a Presidential Search Advisory Committee of trustees, faculty,
staff, students, and alumni. Pollick was chosen from among
more than 70 applications and nominations. He, along with
two other finalists, visited Birmingham-Southern for on-campus
interviews earlier this month.
“I've said on many occasions
since I announced my retirement last fall that the best is
yet to come for Birmingham-Southern,” Berte said as
he welcomed Pollick to the college. “The college is
well positioned and the future is bright. I believe that
Dr. Pollick is the right choice to work with our board, faculty,
students, staff, alumni, and supporters to continue to enhance
Birmingham-Southern on all levels.
Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year,
private liberal arts institution founded in 1856 and affiliated
with The United Methodist Church. The college currently is
ranked among the top 66 best national liberal arts colleges
in the country by U.S. News & World Report and one of
only 22 private colleges and universities in the nation considered
a “Best Buy” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2004.