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 PUM Black History Salutes:  Dr. Quintin B. Bullock –CCAC President – (CCAC’s college’s ninth president)

Featuring Pittsburgh Leaders Who Inspire


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 inspirational.


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. Bullock

 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 Presidents.

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 and honors.


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 history.

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 our world?

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 History Month?

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 future. 






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