Dillard University Hosted Ceremony to Install Its Eighth President

JANUARY 27, 2023, NEW ORLEANS— On Friday, January 27th, Dillard University hosted an investiture ceremony to swear in Dr. Rochelle L. Ford,  APR, as the eighth President of the school. Dr. Ford’s vision is to improve campus facilities, enhance faculty and staff recruitment and retention and booster fundraisers to support student degree completion. She is also seeking to leverage Dillard’s academic programs and centers to address health disparities.

The new President, Dr. Ford exemplifies Dillard’s mission to ‘cultivate leaders who live ethically.’ She will carry on the legacy of past leadership of the historically black university, by making the world a better place, uplifting others through a high sense of self, and offering students a greater sense of belonging.

Dr. Ford has earned a reputation as a hard-working transformative leader. Previously, she served as the dean of the School of Communications at Elon University, the second to serve in that position in the university’s history.

In 2021, the Arthur W. Page Society presented Dr. Ford with the Distinguished Service Award for her service to the public relations profession and her commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the field in 2021. ColorCOMM listed her as one of 28 Most Influential Black Females in Communications. In 2019, Dr. Ford received the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Outstanding Educator Award; and, in 2018, Dr. Ford was inducted into the PRWeek Hall of Fame. She has been a member of the boards of PRSA, the PRSA Foundation and the American Advertising Federation’s Mosaic Center. 

About Dillard University
Dillard University is a historically Black institution that cultivates leaders who live ethically, think and communicate precisely, and act courageously to make the world a better place. Located in New Orleans, Dillard is a private faith-based liberal arts university that offers 22 majors and two certificate programs. Ranked 5th on 2021 The New York Times Overall Mobility Index and 14th in 2022 by Academic Influence for Best Colleges and Universities by Academic Stewardship, Dillard’s call to future leaders is to Write Your Legacy. Find out more about Louisiana’s oldest HBCU by visiting www.dillard.edu.

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