Oakwood University Celebrates President Pollard who Receives Prestigious Award and Membership

By Rick Karle

Oakwood University President, Dr. Leslie Pollard

Oakwood is delighted to announce that President Dr. Leslie N. Pollard will be honored with the esteemed Dr. Dorothy C. Yancy Vanguard Award at Wiley University. This accolade is presented by the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.), an organization founded to strengthen the leadership pipeline at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Said Wiley University President, Dr. Herman J. Felton, Jr. and founding principal of H.E.L.F., “The Higher Education Leadership Foundation will be honoring you on June 8, 2024, at our Omicron Summer Institute…This honor is bestowed upon a person who has provided steady and transformative leadership as an HBCU president. While not yet at the end of your assignment and certainly not in the beginning, you represent a select few individuals who have stood the test of time and clearly demonstrated strong leadership during your tenure at Oakwood University. We invite you to teach a leadership class and serve on a panel during the institute.”

Dr. Felton continued, “Dr. Pollard’s recognition with the Dr. Dorothy C. Yancy Vanguard Award underscores his unwavering commitment to his leadership of Oakwood University through numerous challenges, including COVID, that has sustained his HBCU during a time of instability and uncertainty in higher education, particularly within the HBCU community…We honor your contributions, Mr. President.”

Dr. Pollard is honored to be recognized with the Dr. Dorothy C. Yancy Vanguard Award. “While I am humbled to accept this award,” he says, “it is in no way a testament to my individual efforts, but I accept it on behalf of the collective sacrifices of the Oakwood University administration, faculty, staff, students, and alumni. I look forward to participating in the Omicron Summer Institute and engaging with colleagues and emerging leaders in higher education.”