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July 1, 2004

David Pollick set to begin tenure as Birmingham-Southern College president July 6

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. David Pollick will begin his tenure as the 12th president of Birmingham-Southern College July 6.

The appointment of Pollick, who has been president of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., since 1996, was announced March 19 by the college's Board of Trustees following a six month national search.

He is replacing BSC Chancellor and President Dr. Neal Berte, who announced last October his plans to retire in June after nearly 29 years as president of Birmingham-Southern. Berte, who is the college's longest-serving president, is retaining the chancellor title and will assist the college as needed.

During his eight years at Lebanon Valley, Pollick oversaw growth and enhancements in several areas including seven straight years of record enrollments that increased overall undergraduate enrollment by 40 percent, an increased academic profile of first-year classes, and an improved freshman retention rate. The college's largest-ever major gifts campaign was launched in 2002 and is nearing its $50 million goal. A campus master plan developed in 1996 almost tripled the useable space at the college, and five new facilities have been constructed, while a new teaching center is under construction and a new science center will soon follow.

Eight new undergraduate and graduate degree programs were developed, the number of first-year students studying abroad increased 18 percent, and the college undertook a major leadership role in the redevelopment of the local downtown streetscape.

Pollick also has served as co-chief executive officer and president of the Art Institute of Chicago and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, acting president and provost and vice president for academic affairs at State University of New York

College at Cortland, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of philosophy at Seattle University in Washington. He also has held administrative and academic positions at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., and College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

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, Canada; 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.

Both Birmingham-Southern and Lebanon Valley are four-year, private liberal arts colleges affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

Click here for biographical information on President Pollick.




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