William F. Pollard, vice president and dean of the college at Transylvania University, has received the 2010 Chief Academic Officer Award given by the Council of Independent Colleges. The award recognizes his contributions to colleagues at independent colleges and universities.
Pollard has helped to develop programs and chaired sessions at the annual institute for chief academic officers. For more than 15 years, he has been an evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Commission on Colleges.
Pollard, who came to Transylvania in 2004, has published on medieval English literature and is co-editor of Mysticism and Spirituality in Medieval England with Robert Boenig, and Vox Mystica: Essays on the English Mystical Tradition Honoring Valerie Lagorio with Anne Bartlett, Thomas Bestul and Janet Goebel.
Before coming to Transylvania, Pollard was provost and dean of the college and professor of English at Georgetown College.