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PittsburghUrbanMedia.com proudly celebrates Black
History Month this February 2015 by honoring and featuring African
American Leaders who inspire and demonstrate a commitment to
uplifting future generations. What makes a leader inspirational?
The ability to inspire people to reach great heights of performance
and success is a skill that leaders need. Passion, purpose,
listening and meaning help make a leader
As we celebrate Black History Month, these leaders featured
during the month of February demonstrate how they are significantly
helping to shape the world - in business, government, academia, the
non-profit sector and more. They are advancing their
influence exponentially by shaping and creating a new generation of
leaders who are poised to help lead our world forward.
We hope their stories will serve as an inspiration to
encourage others to be motivated and inspired to achieve their
goals and dreams.
Biography for Quintin B.
On December 4, 2013, the Community College of
Allegheny County Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Dr.
Quintin B. Bullock as the college's ninth president. He began
serving as CCAC president on March 5, 2014.
Before joining CCAC, Bullock served as president of Schenectady
County Community College in New York. Under his stewardship, he
developed a five-year strategic plan; established new business,
industry and community partnerships; facilitated the development
and implementation of new academic and career programs that respond
to an emerging workforce; and secured more than $12 million in
federal, state and private funding to support and expand college
services and the development of new academic and career programs.
Additionally, he has overseen new capital projects, including the
development of a satellite site, expansion of existing facilities
and construction of SCCC's first student housing. Bullock also led
the development of the opening of SCCC's first out-of-county
extension site in Albany, New York.
Prior to his tenure with SCCC, Bullock served as provost
for Tidewater Community College, the second largest of 23 community
colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia with annual enrollment
exceeding 40,000 students. He is credited with leading the
development and opening of the college's new state-of-the-art
science building; developing a comprehensive enrollment management
plan that yielded a marked increase in student enrollment; and
launching and securing accreditation for an important Associate of
Applied Science degree program.
Bullock holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Prairie View
A&M University and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the
University of Texas Health Science Center: Dental Branch. His
leadership training includes the League for Innovation in the
Community College Executive Leadership Institute; the American
Association for Community Colleges Future Leaders Program, the
Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leaders; the Wharton/RHE
Program in Higher Education; and the Harvard Seminar for New
Bullock's community and professional affiliations are many. He
is on the board for the American Association for Community
Colleges; Vibrant Pittsburgh; Caring Place Foundation; Three Rivers
Workforce Investment Board; and Pennsylvania Economy League of
Greater Pittsburgh. For his work and advocacy on behalf of
education and the community, Bullock has received numerous awards
PUM: How do you celebrate Black History Month, and what
are some significant events and milestones in U.S. black history
that you reflect on during this time?
Dr. Quintin B. Bullock : I attend and encourage
participation in events (lectures, speakers, workshops, musicals,
dinners, etc.) that align and support the celebration of Black
History Month and the numerous achievements of African Americans. I
also enjoy visiting museums to view exhibits focused on black
PUM: Who are some of the African Americans in your life
who you feel have positively helped to contribute to black history?
How have they influenced and motivated you to make a difference in
Dr. Quintin B. Bullock: While the list is extensive, these
individuals are certainly worth noting: Civil Rights Leader Rev.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who led the fight for social justice;
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, who as the
first African American president and first lady, represent both an
historical achievement and a positive role model for the African
American family; Abolitionist Harriett Tubman, who organized and
led the underground railroad and was the first woman to command an
armed military raid (she was also the first black woman to be
honored on a US postage stamp); South African Political Activist
Nelson Mandela, who, following a harsh 27-year imprisonment, was
elected president of a newly democratic South Africa; Sports Legend
Jackie Robinson, who was the first black baseball player to play
for a major league team and whose captivating play and dignity
opened the doors for other black athletes to enter the major
league; Orator, Activist and Abolitionist Dr. Frederick A.
Douglass, who, among other accomplishments, founded the United
Negro College Fund; State Senator Barbara Jordan, who was the first
African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction;
Entrepreneur Madam C. J. Walker, who is regarded as the first
female self-made millionaire in America; United States Supreme
Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was the first
African American member of the court; Civil Rights Activist Rosa
Parks, who has been called "the first lady of civil rights," in
part due to her participation in the Montgomery Bus Boycott; and
Sociologist and Historian William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B.," who
was one of the co-founders of the NAACP.
Each of the above individuals was first in their careers,
actions and achievements. Their respective accomplishments continue
to motivate me to strive for excellence and to seek every
opportunity that I can to grow, as well as to help others overcome
obstacles and challenges to achieve success.
PUM: How does black history help to tell the story of
what it means to be an American? How have African-Americans
enriched that story? What lessons can be learned from the
experiences of black history makers?
Dr. Quintin B. Bullock : Black history helps to tell the
story through the lens of African Americans and the struggles and
challenges that African Americans have faced-from slavery to
freedom; from no right to vote to a right to vote; from not being
able to attend certain colleges to an ability to attend any college
as measured by scholastic aptitude and not skin color; from
drinking out of a separate water fountain to drinking out of the
same fountain; from living in a segregated community to living in a
desegregated community. Each of these experiences provides a
perspective (in my lifetime) to explain and understand past,
present and future historical events. There are many lessons to be
learned from the experiences of African Americans as well as our
forefathers and mothers. Their tireless and collective efforts,
determination, vision, intellect and persistence to lead change in
the world have provided African Americans with a much better world
in which to live today and in the future.
PUM: Any additional thoughts or comments about Black
Dr. Quintin B. Bullock : Black History Month should not be
limited to just one month out of the year. Instead, it should be
celebrated throughout the year and at every opportunity. It is up
to all of us to share the struggles and achievements of prominent
and successful African American leaders that have come before
us-those who have laid the groundwork for a better and more hopeful