Todd H. Bullard

January 5, 2009
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Todd Hupp Bullard, Ph.D., of Charlottesville, Va., former president of Bethany College and provost of Rochester Institute of Technology, died January 1, 2009, after a courageous struggle with diabetes.

He was born May 31, 1931, in Wheeling, W.Va., the son of L. Todd Bullard and Katharine Virginia Netting Bullard.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 55 years, Ella Rickey Bullard; a son, Todd W. (Beth) Bullard; three daughters, Katharine (Marty) Becker of Charleston, W.Va.; Alice (Randy) Bower of Victor, N.Y.; and Janice (David) Pieterse of Pittsford, N.Y.; grandchildren, Ben, Clara, Nathanial and Michael Bullard; James and Todd Becker; Katie and John Bower; Will and Ella Pieterse; and his sister, Kay (Maurice) McCaffrey of Amelia Island, Fla.

Dr. Bullard was predeceased by a son, James Hupp Bullard, and two brothers, Robert Hazlett Bullard and Nathaniel Wells Bullard.

During his distinguished career in higher education, Dr. Bullard served as president of Bethany College, Bethany, W.Va., 1980-1988; the first provost of Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y., 1970-1980, president of Potomac State College, Keyser, W.Va., 1964-1970; and as the first president of Parkersburg Community College, Parkersburg, W.Va., 1961-1963.

Dr. 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 U.S. Army 1953-55, 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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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 leader in all of his endeavors, he was an avid reader, debater, intellectual thinker and student of history and politics. His family and friends treasured his great sense of humor and strength of character. He was devoted to his family and enjoyed the simple pleasures of gardening, walking, conversation and quiet reflection.

Dr. Bullard retired in Virginia in 1988 and served as scholar-in-residence for the Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia from 1988 to 1991.

The family would like to thank the staff of The Martha Jefferson House for their compassionate care during his illness.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Olivet Presbyterian Church, 2575 Garth Road, Charlottesville (Ivy).

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the RIT Fund at Rochester Institute of Technology, Office of Development, 116 Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester, NY, 14623; or the James Hupp Bullard Memorial Scholarship Fund at Bethany College, Bethany, W.Va., 26032.

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