What's a week like for CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock as the
college celebrates its milestone 50th anniversary? He oversees four
campuses, four centers, more than 20,000 students, and is committed
to "keeping the institution current and vital to the region's
economy"-for starters. A self-described foodie and master of
southern barbecue-who's known for cooking feasts for family and
friends-Dr. Bullock envisions expanding CCAC's Culinary Arts
program with a greenhouse and student-run restaurant and "running a
diverse, multi-campus community college." A native Texan, Dr.
Bullock moved to Allison Park when he became CCAC's ninth president
Monday, October 10
I like to get to the office early on Mondays, to start the week
off right. This morning, my assistant Bonita Richardson and I will
review "Ask the President" emails we've received. This gives me an
idea of students' thoughts and needs. We'll also discuss pending
business related to my membership on boards for Imani
Christian Academy, Vibrant Pittsburgh, Three Rivers Workforce
Investment Boardand the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater
Since it's Meatball Monday at Sienna
Mercato, we might take part of the discussion there, for $2
Tuesday, October 11
I hope to meet today with Theresa Bryant, vice president of
Workforce Development for CCAC, about short- and long-term initiatives
for the college, now that the trustees have passed our strategic
plan. Perhaps we could make it a lunch meeting at Nicky's
Thai Kitchen, if she likes spicy food!
I want to stop by the West Hills Center Atrium, where
the YWCA and League of Women Voters of Greater
Pittsburgh will register students to vote and hold their
"Voter Empowerment Event." Animal Friends therapy dogs will be there
and Student Success Coaches will be assisting with "Midterm
Dr. Bullock talks with students outside Byers Hall on the North
Side, where his office is located.
Wednesday, October 12
One of my meetings today is with Provost Stuart T. Blacklaw,
CCAC's Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.
We typically have wide-ranging conversations.
After work, I want to swing by Ross Township Farmers' Market to buy
pumpkins. I like this market because it donates vendors' fees each
week to the North Hills Food
Thursday, October 13
It's Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Day at CCAC's
Homewood-Brushton Center, so I've picked out a pink necktie to wear
to recognize the fight for breast cancer research, education and
I have a lunch meeting at Carmi Family
Restaurant (I always get shrimp and grits) with Clyde
Wilson Pickett, who oversees CCAC's Office of Institutional
Diversity and Inclusion. It's important to me to promote a culture
of inclusion across the institution, especially as we respond to
changing demographics and reach out to more African American and
After lunch, I'll stop by the Pittsburgh Technology Expo and
Conference at The David L. Lawrence Convention Center, to do
a little networking. It'll make for a long day, but this evening I
want to take in the Roger Humphries Jam Session at James
Street Gastropub & Speakeasy-he plays with phenomenal
bassist Dwayne Dolphin and others.
Friday, October 14
An important discussion today with Rose Ann DiCola, CEO of
the CCAC Educational Foundation, about our mission
of raising funds, managing assets and distributing resources in a
way that maintains CCAC's reputation for academic excellence. The
foundation has done tremendous work in helping the college to
secure funds for scholarships, equipment, programming and strategic
I plan to stop by the Braddock Hills Center today, to catch up
with folks there.
Dr. Bullock speaks at the October 5th opening of West Hall, one
of several remodeled buildings on CCAC's campuses.
Saturday, October 15
Today I teach my Medical Terminology class at CCAC's South
Campus in West Mifflin, from 9 a.m. to noon. My first career was as
a dentist but I truly love teaching. I typically meet with students
after class to address questions about things they are trying to
After that, I'll indulge in one of my favorite pastimes: driving
in the countryside. I'll head over to Youngwood to cheer on our
participants at the WPCC Cross Country Championship atWestmoreland County
If time permits, I will also stop by the Westmoreland
Museum of American Art in Greensburg to see A
Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America before the exhibition
Sunday, October 16
My Sundays always include the service at Ebenezer Baptist
Church in the Hill District. On the Lord's day, I draw
strength from communing with the people of this beautiful church.
My leadership mantra is grounded by the parable of the faithful
servant: "To whom much is given, much is required."
I hope to attend the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council's Sunday Supper: A Neighborhood Dinner, a free,
family-friendly event on Grant Street that has all the things I
enjoy-a community meal crafted from local ingredients,
entertainment by local artists, and a community-driven discussion
on food-related issues.
Then, tickets for The Fantasticks matinee at Pittsburgh Public
Theater. I love the theater!