RALEIGH, NC – Shaw University Board of Trustees has named Paulette R. Dillard as the University’s 18th President. Dr. Dillard has been serving as interim president since July of last year. She previously served as the University’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college of arts and sciences.

“Upon her appointment as interim president, we determined Dr. Dillard to be the ideal selection to lead the institution,” said Joseph N. Bell, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “We believe her performance to date has demonstrated that she is committed to the transformative education process and more than qualified to lead Shaw University into this next era of excellence.”

According to an press release by the university, Dr. Dillard is a trained medical technologist certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology and has over twenty-five years of experience working in the field of diagnostic laboratory medicine. She began her career at International Clinical Laboratories in Nashville, Tennessee. She went on to hold senior positions at SmithKline and Quest Diagnostics. She also has a rich teaching history having taught biology at various southeastern colleges and universities.

“I am honored to be selected by the Board of Trustees to continue to lead this great university,” said Dillard. “I am thankful and committed to intentional leadership of Shaw University as we continuing to grow as an institutional leader in the Raleigh community and globally abroad.”

A Mount Airy, North Carolina native, Dillard graduate from Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina. She holds a master’s of business administration from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and a master’s of science of biology from Tennessee State University. Dr. Dillard earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Clark Atlanta University.

Dr. Dillard’s appointment was unanimously approved by Shaw’s Board of Trustees during a meeting on Saturday, September 8.

ALBANY, GA – Albany State University (ASU) Board of Regents named Marion Fedrick as president of the university on August 14, 2018.

According to an press release by the university, Fedrick has been serving as the Interim president of ASU since Jan. 12, 2018. Prior to that appointment, Fedrick served as ASU’s Interim executive vice president beginning Oct. 16, 2017.

“In my visits to Albany, I am encouraged by what I see, what I hear and what I experience,” Steve Wrigley, Chancellor of the University System of Georgia said. “In meetings with faculty, staff and students, it is clear Marion’s leadership has caught their attention and made them excited for the future both for themselves and their institution. Her leadership and commitment have made a difference for this institution, and I congratulate her.”

Since Fedrick assumed a leadership role at Albany State University, the institution has undertaken several initiatives, including ongoing improvements for students’ educational and campus experiences and a comprehensive effort with faculty to reimagine the university’s academics.

“I have said from the beginning that I am truly inspired by what the future holds for the students, faculty and staff at Albany State,” Fedrick said. “They are passionate and have worked hard toward making this a truly innovative institution. I thank them, as well as Chancellor Wrigley and the Board of Regents, for their belief in me and our team as we work toward that long-term success.”

Prior to Fedrick’s current role, she served as vice chancellor for human resources at the University System of Georgia, overseeing administration of all systemwide human resources initiatives, employee benefits programs and organizational and leadership development initiatives.

Fedrick received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia and is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional.