Every Monday, the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) will spotlight a Chancellor or President who currently serves a Historically Black College or University. This initiative recognizes and introduces those individuals who serve our nation HBCUs on a daily basis, changing and educating lives while producing the forthcoming visionary leaders of tomorrow.

This week’s Chancellor or President:  Dr. Paulette Dillard, Shaw University

Dr. Paulette Dillard, 18th President of Shaw University.

Dr. Paulette Dillard, the 18th President of Shaw University, has a rich teaching history having taught biology for over 20 years at various institutions. Prior to her appointment as Shaw interim President, she served as Vice President for Academic Affairs.

During her tenure at Shaw University, Dr. Dillard served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Department Chair for Professor of Biology. She also has served as Coordinator of undergraduate research infrastructure, and Co-Director of the academic enrichment programs for the National Institutes of Health funded National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) project.

Dr. Dillard also served as a research mentor for interns as part of the Shaw in Jamaica-Mon International Student Research Training Project, a collaborative partnership with The University of the West Indies. During the summer, Dr. Dillard and the student research interns spent six week in Kingston, Jamaica conducting research and examining the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of Jamaican men of African descent who were diagnosed with prostate cancer. This study was of interest to Dr. Dillard since it is well documented that Jamaica men have the highest mortality rate from prostate cancer when compared with other ethnic groups.

Dr. Dillard serves on the boards for the Carolina Small Business Development Fund and the Dorothea Dix Conservancy. She has been involved with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center and the LaunchRALEIGH initiatives since inception. Throughout her career, Dr. Dillard has served on the boards of a number of professional and community organizations.

Dr. Dillard earned a bachelor of science degree in biology at Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina and received a master of science degree in biology from Tennessee State University. She went on to earn an MBA from the Jack Massey School of Business at Belmont University and a Ph.D. in Biological Science from Clark Atlanta University (CAU). She completed postdoctoral training at the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development at CAU.


About Shaw University

Shaw University, is the first historically black university in the Southern United States. Shaw is a private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Baptist Church and among the oldest HBCUs in the nation. Founded in 1865, Shaw University has a rich history steeped in tradition, activism and service. Shaw University was the first college in North Carolina to offer a four-year medical school; the first institution of higher learning established for freedmen after the Civil War and the first historically Black College in the nation to open its doors to women. For more information, visit www.shawu.edu.

About the HBCU Campaign Fund

HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) is a non-profit advocacy organization which is mission to supporting the significance and campaign in raising funds for scholarships and services at historically black colleges and universities and predominately black institutions. HCF advocates for students, alumni, HBCU and PB institutions. For more information, visit www.hbcucampaignfund.org.

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.

Common Cause North Carolina are looking for undergraduate students to be Democracy Fellows on their campus this fall. There are available positions at Bennett, Shaw, NCCU, NC A&T State, WSSU and Fayetteville State.

The HBCU Democracy Fellows will work closely with Common Cause College Outreach Coordinators and Fellows at HBCUs across the state of North Carolina to boost civic engagement and promote the value of becoming lifelong participants in democracy on their campus.

HBCU Democracy Fellows will focus on increasing student turnout in elections and student activism by:

• creatively communicating with peers about the importance of students voting and having a voice in decisions affecting their everyday lives, their futures, and our HBCUs.

• disseminating information about the voting processes (voter registration, requesting absentee ballots, accessing polling locations, voting early, etc).

• connecting issues of interest to the importance of voting.

• assisting students in joining ongoing community efforts.

This is a 10 hour minimum per week commitment for the fall semester with the opportunity for advancement in the spring. Selected Democracy Fellows will receive $500 upon successful completion of the program or course credit (if offered by the school). The Common Cause College Outreach Coordinator will work with each Democracy Fellow to secure internship course credit where possible.

To apply:

1. Submit your resume* as a PDF with the file name “Last Name, First Name Resume” (ex. Sanders, Dominique Resume) by email to hbcusaa@gmail.com. Use the subject line “Resume – Democracy Fellowship at [Your School].”

2. Complete and submit the application using this online form.

3. If you have any questions, contact Alyssa Canty, Fayetteville and Triangle college outreach coordinator at 919-987-1366 or Reggie Weaver, Triad college outreach coordinator at 336-365-2378.

*All applications submitted without a resume will be considered incomplete and not reviewed

Tom Joyner, a syndicated radio host and founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation, will be the commencement speaker at Shaw University, Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College next month.

Joyner, 67, has hosted the Tom Joyner Morning Show since 1994 and is now heard in more than 100 markets across the country. Since 1999, the Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $60 million to help keep students enrolled at historically black colleges and universities.

Joyner was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, and attended Tuskegee University, where he majored in sociology and worked for the college radio station. He began his broadcasting career as soon as he graduated and worked at several radio stations in the South and Midwest before settling in Chicago in the late 1970s.

Joyner will speak at Tennessee State University’s commencement on Saturday, May 6 at 8 a.m. in the William Jasper Hale Stadium on the main campus. Shaw’s commencement on Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center. And Meharry Medical commencement on Saturday, May 20 at 9 a.m. in the Curb Event Center on the campus of Belmont University.

In addition, The Tom Joyner Foundation has chosen Meharry as the “School of the Month” for May to create awareness regarding the need for scholarships. Meharry’s goal is to raise $200,000 strictly for student support. To donate online, visit www.tomjoynerfoundation.org/donate/.

For more information about TSU, Shaw and Meharry Medical commencement, visit their website’s at www.tnstate.edu, www.shawu.edu, www.mmc.edu.