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November 22, 2004

Birmingham-Southern College set to inaugurate David Pollick as its 12th president

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —Dr. G. David Pollick will be inaugurated as the 12th president of Birmingham-Southern College during a campus ceremony Saturday, Dec. 4.

The 10 a.m. event in the Bill Battle Coliseum is themed “Forward, Ever” in conjunction with the college's upcoming sesquicentennial celebration in 2005-06. In addition to the investiture of Pollick, the ceremony will feature a keynote address by Dr. Christopher N. Breiseth, president and CEO of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, N.Y.

A reception will immediately follow in the Bruno Great Hall of the Norton Campus Center.

Pollick became the 12th president of Birmingham-Southern in July 2004 after serving since 1996 as president of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., a four-year, private liberal arts institution also affiliated with the United Methodist Church. He replaced Dr. Neal R. Berte, who retired after 29 years in office.

During his eight years at Lebanon Valley, Pollick oversaw growth and enhancements in several areas including enrollment, academic profile of first-year classes, freshman retention rate, fund-raising, campus facilities and planning, academic programming, study abroad, and intercollegiate athletics.

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 has taught emotionally handicapped and 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 of 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, Canada; his Ph.L. in philosophy from St. Paul's University in Ottawa; and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Ottawa.

His wife, Karen Bentley Pollick, is a nationally recognized concert musician and conductor.

Other inaugural week events being sponsored by the college include:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m., “Path of Destruction: The Science and Politics of the War on Terror,” Munger Memorial Hall Auditorium. Presented by BSC science, political science, and history faculty.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., “The Method and the Madness: The Journey of Creative Collaboration,” Munger Memorial Hall Auditorium. Presented by BSC fine and performing arts faculty and students.
  • Thursday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m., “Forward? Ever? The Civil Rights Movement at BSC,” Munger Memorial Hall Auditorium. A conversation with Howell Raines, BSC graduate and former executive editor of The New York Times; U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon, chief judge of the Northern District of Alabama; Dr. Tennant McWilliams, BSC graduate and dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UAB; and Odessa Woolfolk, founder and president emerita of the board of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
  • Thursday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., “Forward, Ever: Meeting the Ethical Challenge,” Norton Campus Center Theatre. Presented by BSC alumni discussing how the college helped prepare them for their careers and their life journeys.
  • Friday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 4:30 p.m., Birmingham -Southern College Choirs Annual Carol Service , Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook. Presented by the combined choirs of Birmingham-Southern.





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