Bullock takes helm as CCAC president

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Quintin B. Bullock, the newly appointed president of Community College of Allegheny County, has a long association with community colleges, first serving as an adjunct professor, then in various administrative roles before becoming president of Schenectady County Community College in New York in 2009.

Even after attaining his doctor of dental surgery degree, instead of setting up practice, Mr. Bullock took a job as the director of the Center for Urban Education Studies at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., where he was an adjunct professor of biology.

"It appears education is my first love even though for a time I tried to avoid it," Mr. Bullock joked.

CCAC trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to award Mr. Bullock, 55, a Houston native, a three-year contract with an annual salary of $239,000. He will be the college's ninth president and replaces Alex Johnson, who served as CCAC president for about five years before leaving to become president of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland July 1. Mr. Bullock's start date is uncertain because he has a 90-day notice clause in his contract at Schenectady.

Before the vote, trustees chairwoman Amy Kuntz visited the CCAC campuses and explained the board was scrapping its original plan to present several candidates to the public and instead expected to vote by the end of the day on a new president.

CCAC received 37 applicants for the top job, and the board narrowed the list to four finalists, one of whom withdrew for personal reasons. The trustees decided at the request of the finalists to keep their names confidential because all are currently employed and because the board didn't want to risk losing a qualified candidate.

Ms. Kuntz said though there were "multiple good candidates" for the presidency, "there was very little debate among the board about who we wanted as our first choice."

Ms. Kuntz said Mr. Bullock possesses all of the qualities the board wanted in a president. Those qualities include the ability to drive students' success, be fiscally responsible, have a commitment to diversity and experience in workforce development, and "an ability to negotiate political waters."

Mr. Bullock, who holds a bachelor of science in pre-med and a master of education in biology from Prairie View A&M University, started his career as a high school science teacher in Houston, where he also worked as an adjunct assistant professor at Houston Community College.

He attended dental school at the University of Texas Health Science Center and later moved to Rochester for his post-graduate dental work and started his affiliation with Monroe Community College, where he worked his way up to the position of executive dean of the Damon City Campus.

In 2002, he joined the Tidewater Community College system in Virginia as provost of the Norfolk campus. In 2006 he became provost of the Virginia Beach campus.

He took over as president of Schenectady County Community College in 2009, a system of about 8,200 students. While there, he was responsible for developing two satellite centers and an $11 million student housing center.

Also while at Schenectady, Mr. Bullock is credited with establishing new business, industry and community partnerships, developing new academic and career programs that coordinate with the workforce and for securing more than $12 million in state, federal and private funds.

At CCAC, he will oversee a system with about 63,000 full-time equivalent, credit and non-credit students, he said.

He was drawn to the CCAC job because "it is an institution on the move" that is "doing cutting-edge work," Mr. Bullock said.

He said his first goal is to hear from the board about its areas of interest and focus for the college.

Mary Niederberger: mniederberger@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1590. First Published December 3, 2013 5:20 PM

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