Dr. Roland N. Bullard, Jr. is a higher education and student advocate who has served at Dillard University (New Orleans, LA) as vice president for student success since 2016. A native Floridian, he earned his B.A. in communication from Florida Atlantic University, an M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina in student personnel services, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Indiana University. He also completed graduate certifications in non-profit management and fundraising at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis and Boston University respectively.
Prior to his appointment at Dillard, he held academic and student affairs appointments at Florida Atlantic University, Presbyterian College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Charleston Southern University and Saint Augustine’s University, where he was promoted to vice president for student development. In 2007, he was appointed a Harvard University Administrative Fellow managing special projects in the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
An active member of several professional organizations, Bullard is a past president for the South Carolina Housing Officers Association (SCHOA) and the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA). He currently serves as chair of the SACSA Foundation- the fundraising arm of this association. He has also served on the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA,) Region III Board. Recently, he was named director of the SACSA/NASPA New Professionals Institute (Summer 2022.) Dr. Bullard is a member of the Council on Independent Colleges (CIC) Chief Academic Office-Chief Student Affairs Officer Taskforce and is currently the resource development chair for the Melton Foundation, an international nonprofit based in Timucua, Chile devoted to DEI and issues of the environment. Bullard also serves on regional accreditation review teams for the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools–Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
A community advocate, Dr. Bullard is an active member of the Children’s Youth and Planning Board (a New Orleans City Council appointment) and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2018. He also volunteers for STEM-NOLA which exposes minority youth to STEM concepts. In 2019, he completed the Brian Bell Leadership Forum as offered by the Committee for a Better New Orleans. He was honored this past January to be named to their Board of Directors. This past fall he was also appointed to the Parents Council by the Jefferson Parish Schools Superintendent. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and was recently named to the board of directors for the alumni association of his alma mater Florida Atlantic University. Throughout the year and as needed, Dr. Bullard serves as a higher education consultant, speaker, and panelist focusing on his areas of expertise in nonprofit management, student retention, and college student development.