Massey Alumna Appointed President of Shaw University

Paulette Dillard headshot

Dr. Paulette R. Dillard, who received her Masters in Business Administration from Belmont University, was recently appointed as the 18th President at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. The university’s Board of Trustees reached a unanimous decision to appoint Dillard on Saturday, Sept. 8.

“Upon her appointment as interim president, we determined Dr. Dillard to be the ideal selection to lead this institution,” said Chairman of the Board of Trustees Joseph N. Bell, Jr. “We believe her performance to date has demonstrated that she is committed to the transformative education process and more than qualified to lead Shaw University into this next era of excellence.”

Dillard was serving as interim president prior to her official appointment to the position. She previously served as the University’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college of arts and sciences. She held prior positions in the field of diagnostic laboratory science.

Shaw University, founded as the Raleigh Institute, is a private liberal arts institution and historically black university affiliated with the Baptist church with an enrollment of approximately 1,600.