The General Assembly of Part-Owners of the European Humanities University (EHU) appointed Prof. Dr. G. David Pollick Rector on April 3.
According to EHU’s Governing Board, which recommended Prof. Pollick’s appointment to the General Assembly of Part-Owners, the new Rector’s main tasks will be to lead the University community in addressing the requirements for the University’s next formal accreditation in two years, the development and implementation of a new strategic plan for the University, and the balancing of the University’s budget. The tasks are detailed in the Governing Board’s document called “Three major challenges to the New Rector of EHU”.
“Prof. Pollick brings with him significant experience in university leadership, both in the United States and in other countries. He will work closely with the Governing Board and stakeholders to develop the strategy of EHU. His experience in strategic planning and transition management in different higher education contexts and cultures is very extensive, and those skills will be much in demand at EHU in the coming years,“ notes Daniel Tarschys, Chair of EHU’s Governing Board.
Prof. Pollick says that the challenges that stand before the EHU community at this time are only exceeded by the significance of its mission to both the citizens of Belarus and all people’s committed to free and open societies throughout the world.
“Out of the insight and courage of its founder and president, Prof. Dr. Anatoli Mikhailov, and its dedicated faculty and staff, EHU has survived the threats and assaults that accompany all great projects of importance. It is an honor to be asked to serve such an endeavor at this critical moment in EHU’s history,” notes Rector Prof. Pollick.
The EHU Rector’s search drew 19 candidates from 7 countries, many of them highly-qualified. Seven applicants were interviewed in Vilnius by the Governing Board’s Search Committee, faculty members and students. Towards the end of the process, the Governing Board considered Prof. David Pollick, Dr. Alyaksandr Milinkevich, and Prof. Tatsiana Shchyttsova.
“The selection of Rector has been linked to the continuing quest to define EHU’s mission and to secure a sustainable financial future. EHU, by necessity, has multiple identities. As the name implies, it is based on European values and oriented to the humanities. It is a Lithuanian university bound by the norms of the European Higher Education Area. And nobody questions its Belarusian roots and vocation. The overwhelming majority of both students and faculty members are Belarusian. The main task is to safeguard and develop the quality of its education and research,” emphasizes Tarschys.
Prof. David Pollick has been EHU’s Acting Rector since October 2014. Before that, he served as a higher education management and operations consultant to the University. Prof. Pollick was president and Professor of Philosophy for four American institutions of higher learning: the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lebanon Valley College, Birmingham-Southern College, and the State University of New York College at Cortland, where he was also Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs. He was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University in Washington and was the Director of the International College and chaired the Department of Philosophy at St. John’s University.
Prof. Pollick earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of San Diego and went on to receive a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Ottawa, a Pontifical Licentiate in Philosophy (Ph.L.) from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa, and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Ottawa in the fields of Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Aesthetics and Art History. His grandparents hail from Belarus.