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Ex-Bethany president dead at 77

January 24, 2009
The Herald-Star

BETHANY - A former Bethany College who worked for many improvements to the college's facilities has died.

Todd H. Bullard died Jan. 1 at the age of 77 in Charlottesville, Va.

As the college's 15th president, Bullard 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.

He 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 in Rochester, N.Y., president of Potomac State College in Keyser, W.Va. and as the first president of Parkersburg Community College.

Bullard earned a doctorate in political science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964, a master of arts degree in political science from West Virginia University in 1956, and a bachelor of arts degree from West Liberty State College in 1953.

He served as director of education at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville in 1953. He served in the United States Army from 1953 until 1955 and was honorably discharged after serving in Germany.

As an undergraduate at WLSC, 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 was held Jan. 17 at Olivet Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville.

A scholarship fund has been established in his name at Bethany College.

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