Daniel C. Bullard named dean of VCU Graduate School

Daniel C. Bullard.
Daniel C. Bullard will start at VCU on Oct. 1.

Virginia Commonwealth University has named Daniel C. Bullard, Ph.D., the new dean of the VCU Graduate School, effective Oct. 1.

Bullard currently serves as associate dean for recruitment, retention and diversity for the Graduate School at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a professor in the UAB School of Medicine’s Department of Genetics and has been the principal investigator on more than $5 million in research grants focusing on the genetics of inflammatory diseases. He has published 83 peer-reviewed articles and eight book chapters and is a frequent lecturer nationally and internationally. He has served on editorial boards of The American Journal of Pathology and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases journal and has served UAB on numerous academic and administrative committees.

“Bullard has excelled in teaching, research and service during his 24 years at UAB,” said Gail Hackett, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at VCU. “He is a proven leader in graduate education and will be a great asset to the graduate students and faculty in VCU’s outstanding graduate programs.”

In his current role, Bullard leads UAB’s graduate student recruitment and retention efforts, oversees the Blazer Graduate Research Fellowship program, assists departments in new graduate program development, and directs the UAB PREP Scholars Program funded by the National Institutes of Health. 

In addition to his role in the UAB Graduate School, Bullard serves as assistant dean for undergraduate biomedical programs in the School of Medicine and as co-director of the Genetics and Genomic Sciences Undergraduate Program. Prior to UAB, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree in zoology from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in genetics from Case Western Reserve University.Melissa W. Tyler will continue to serve as interim dean of the Graduate School until Bullard’s arrival.

About VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 30,000 students in 233 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Twenty-two of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 11 schools and three colleges. The VCU Health brand represents the VCU health sciences academic programs, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, and MCV Physicians. The clinical enterprise includes a collaboration with Sheltering Arms Institute for physical rehabilitation services. For more, please visit www.vcu.edu and vcuhealth.org.