Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Dr. Marsha Pollard, an esteemed higher education professional with more than two decades of experience in strategic planning, executive-level leadership and academic administration at top-ranked national universities, joined UNCP in May 2022.
Previously she served as the Provost of Berkeley College, New Jersey and Berkeley College, New York, which is a multi-state, multi-campus college system with a significant online program portfolio. In this role, Dr. Pollard served on the New Jersey President’s Council’s Academic Affairs Committee, the Westchester County Association Workforce Development Committee, and was named to City & State’s “2021 Annual Power of Diversity: Women 100!” which recognizes the most powerful women in New York City in academia, advocacy, business, government, media, and beyond. Dr. Pollard was recognized for her significant role in community service and for developing business, community, and P-16 educational partnerships that led to long-term community and economic development in New York City.
Prior to her position at Berkeley College, Dr. Pollard completed an assignment as the Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at American International College. Preceding this appointment, she was employed with the Provost’s Office at Stony Brook University for nine years as the Assistant Provost for Academic Administration, and subsequently as the Associate Chief Academic Officer, where she worked with the Provost to provide oversight of the University’s 12 schools and colleges and helped to manage Brookhaven National Laboratory, one of the nation’s premier physics laboratories, for the Department of Energy. Dr. Pollard also worked at New York University for seven years, where she held directorships with the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and School of Social Work and served on the Administrative Management Council to former President, John Sexton.
Dr. Pollard has significant experience developing, administering, and overseeing continuing education, undergraduate, graduate, and professional academic programs, in onsite, online, and/or hybrid instructional modalities, and within a wide breadth of disciplinary areas. She is a staunch advocate for the importance of a liberal arts education in promoting analytical reasoning, communication skills, creativity, metacognition, problem-solving abilities, and a strong sense of social responsibility, which are all instrumental in preparing our students for academic, career, and life success. Dr. Pollard also believes in the need for professional programs that are aligned with workforce demand and that contribute to the community and economic development in the states that we serve. She firmly believes that central to higher education’s commitment is the teaching and development of the entire individual. Accordingly, education must also impart upon students a strong sense of community and civic engagement that inspires and empowers them to add value to their lives, their families, their organizations, and their communities.
Dr. Pollard holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from New York University; an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University; and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida.