BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany community is mourning the passing of former College President Todd H. Bullard, Ph.D. He died Thursday, Jan. 1 at the age of 77 in Charlottesville, Va.
Bullard became the 15th president of Bethany College in June, 1980, succeeding William E. Tucker. During Bullard’s tenure at Bethany, he oversaw the return of Commencement Hall to its original architectural form, the addition of Harder Hall as a dining facility at the Millsop Leadership Center and the transformation of Irvin Gymnasium to the Grace Phillips Johnson Center for the Visual Arts. Bullard retired to Virginia in 1988 and served as scholar-in-residence for the Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia from 1988 until 1991.
During his distinguished career in higher education, Bullard also served as the first provost of Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y., from 1970 until 1980, president of Potomac State College, Keyser, W.Va., from 1964 until 1970; and as the first president of Parkersburg Community College, Parkersburg, W.Va., from 1961 until 1963.
Bullard earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964, an M.A. in political science from West Virginia University in 1956, and a B.A. from West Liberty State College in 1953. He served as director of education at the West Virginia Penitentiary, Moundsville, W.Va., in 1953. He served in the United States Army from 1953 until 1955, honorably discharged after service in Germany. As an undergraduate at West Liberty State College, he served as president of the student body and founded the Chi Nu fraternity.
Bullard's professional activities included serving as president of the West Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges; president of the West Virginia Association of College and University Presidents; commissioner-at-large of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; chairman of the Council of Chief Academic Officers, Rochester Area Colleges; and member and chair of evaluation teams of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Bullard wrote and presented many speeches, papers and publications on college policy, planning, problems and curriculum. He held leadership roles in the higher education division of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Throughout his career he served on numerous community and charitable boards for the arts, youth development, government and business.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 17, 2009, at Olivet Presbyterian Church, 2575 Garth Road, Charlottesville (Ivy).
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the James Hupp Bullard Memorial Scholarship Fund at Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia, 26032.