John Brown University Names Next President
Siloam Springs, Ark. (April 3, 2004) — John Brown University is excited to announce that, after an almost year-long search, a new president has been selected. Presidential candidate Dr. Charles W. Pollard, from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., has been named the sixth president of JBU. “Dr. Pollard was quickly identified as an outstanding candidate,” Dr. Richard McCartney, chair of the presidential search committee, said. “The breadth of his education and experience gives him a thorough understanding of the academic world, business world, and service in the Christian community.” “I am excited about the future at John Brown University because we will be building on such a rich Christ-centered past,” Dr. Pollard said. “JBU offers a unique and distinguished education that is characterized by academic excellence, Christian formation, and professional relevance. I look forward to serving with JBU’s dedicated faculty, committed staff, inquisitive students, loyal alumni, and forward-thinking board to continue this educational mission, where Christ is over all.” Dr. Pollard met with various campus groups on campus to introduce himself and to get to know the JBU community last Thursday. Upon review of the meetings, the presidential search committee then recommended Dr. Pollard to the Board of Trustees as the next president of JBU. The board of trustees held an executive session with the candidate and reviewed the findings of the search committee. The board voted in the morning session on Saturday, April 3, in favor of Dr. Pollard. “Dr. Pollard has overwhelmingly exceeded the board’s expectations,” Don Walker, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said. “We feel confident that Dr. Pollard will do a fantastic job and successfully lead the University into the future.” Dr. Pollard received his undergraduate degree with summa cum laude honors from Wheaton (Ill.) in 1985, a juris doctorate with magna cum laude honors from Harvard Law School in 1988, a master’s in English from Oxford University in1990, and a Ph.D. in English from University of Virginia in 1999. Dr. Pollard is esteemed as a well-rounded and respected attorney, teacher, and scholar. He was an associate for the international law firm of Latham & Watkins in Chicago, where he worked with major corporate clients such as Marriott, Citicorp, and Sears. In 1997, Dr. Pollard moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., to join Calvin College, where he is a tenured faculty member. His teaching and scholarship focus on 20th-century literature. During his time at Calvin, he also served on various boards and committees, including the Planning and Priorities Committee, which reviewed the annual budget, faculty compensation plan, and the comprehensive plan on ethnicity and race. He has also been published frequently, including a forthcoming book on T.S. Eliot and Caribbean poetry from University of Virginia Press. In addition, Dr. Pollard has served as the president of the board of a non-profit private Christian school from 1999 to 2002. In that capacity, he led the board and school through an extensive long-range planning process. He also planned and managed a capital expansion project and led a $12.5 million capital campaign to successful completion. He has also served with a number of non-profit and foundation boards across the U.S. "I look forward to becoming better acquainted with Dr. Pollard,” Lee Balzer, current president of JBU said. “He is obviously a very gifted individual, and JBU is deserving of the very best leadership available. I look forward to facilitating a smooth and effective transition to Dr. Pollard's leadership." John Brown University is a top-tier private university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 42 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.