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 in 2014.
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 Board and the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh.
Since it’s Meatball Monday at Sienna Mercato, we might take part of the discussion there, for $2 sliders!
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 Madness.”
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.
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 treatment.
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 Latino students.
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 initiatives.
I plan to stop by the Braddock Hills Center today, to catch up with folks there.
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 better understand.
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 at Westmoreland County Community College.
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 ends tomorrow.
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.