Todd Bullard

Todd Hupp Bullard (May 31, 1931 – January 1, 2009) was a 20th-century American educator, most notable for having served as president of Potomac State College and Bethany College, and provost of Rochester Institute of Technology.


Bullard was born in Wheeling, West Virginia to L. Todd Bullard and Katharine Virginia Netting Bullard. He earned a bachelor's degree from West Liberty University in 1953 where he served as student body president and founded the Chi Nu fraternity. He went on to earn degrees in political science: First a master's degree from West Virginia University in 1956 and then a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964.[1]

His first position was as director of education at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville. He subsequently served in the Army for two years in Germany.

While in graduate school, he took his first administrative position, director of Parkersburg Community College. After graduating, he moved to become president of Potomac State College.[2]

In March 1970, Bullard was tapped by the newly installed Rochester Institute of Technology president Paul A. Miller to become that institution's first provost. His mission was to improve the "educational level and quality" of the institute.[3]

In June 1980, he assumed the presidency of Bethany College.[4]

Bullard's professional activities included serving as president of the West Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges and the West Virginia Association of College and University Presidents. He also served as commissioner-at-large of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, chairman of the Council of Chief Academic Officers, Rochester Area Colleges, and member and chair of evaluation teams of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[5]

After retiring, he took a position as scholar-in-residence for the Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia, where he worked until 1991.

He is also a descendant of Anne Hupp, who was famous for defending Miller's Blockhouse from a Shawnee Indian attack, in 1782, for over 24 hours after her husband and father were killed.

He died of complications from diabetes.


  1. "Ex-Bethany president dead at 77". Herald-Star. Steubenville, Ohio. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
  2. "Former PSC President Bullard Passes Away". News. Keyser, West Virginia: Potomac State College of West Virginia University. 2008-01-13. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
  3. Gordon, Dane R. (2007). Rochester Institute of Technology: Industrial Development and Educational Innovation in an American City, 1829 – 2006 (1 ed.). Henrietta, New York: RIT Press. p. 338. ISBN 978-1-933360-24-9. OCLC 80360669.
  4. "Bethany Mourns Death of Former College President". News. Bethany, West Virginia: Bethany College. 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
  5. "Former PSC President Bullard Passes Away". The Intelligencer & Wheeling News Register. Wheeling, West Virginia. 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2008-01-25.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Director of Parkersburg Community College
1962 – 1964
Succeeded by
Billy L. Coffindaffer
Preceded by
Ernest E. Church
President of Potomac State College
1964 – 1970
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Provost of Rochester Institute of Technology
August 1, 1970 – 1980
Succeeded by
Robert G. Quinn
Preceded by
William E. Tucker
President of Bethany College
1980 – 1988
Succeeded by
D. Duane Cummins

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