Dr. Rolundus R. Rice serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs. As the Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Rice reports directly to the President and is responsible for providing the vision, support, resources and visionary leadership for the College’s academic life involving students, faculty and staff. Specifically, Dr. Rice oversees the development and implementation of academic strategic planning as part of the overall institutional strategic planning. He guides all initiatives relating to curriculum, instruction, faculty recruitment and development. Rice also serves as the SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison.
Dr. Rice has established a strong and steady record of leadership, collegiality, and progressive innovation. His diverse set of experiences span the classroom and operations management at the two-year and four-year levels at Predominately White Institutions (PWIs) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). He has served as the Central Region Director of Adult Education for the Alabama Community College System. In this capacity, he provided leadership and support for the Adult Education division that spanned twenty-five counties, including Montgomery, Jefferson and Macon Counties, respectively. Rice has also served in essential roles including History professor; Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at Talladega College; Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at Lincoln University. Dr. Rice has also held cabinet-level appointments during his respective tenures as Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The latter experience gave Rice a deeper appreciation and understanding of the non-academic functions that impacted retention and progression since he supervised the Office of Retention, Records and Registration, Housing and Residence Life, Academic Advising, Financial Aid, Counseling Services, First and Second-Year Experiences and the University Health Center. These collective experiences have allowed Dr. Rice to rethink traditional boundaries by asking the “Big Questions.”
Dr. Rice has had an enduring commitment to research and scholarship. He served as the Special Assistant to Dr. Bernice A King where he supervised Research, Communications and Archives at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia. His research and publishing agenda are focused squarely on the Modern Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Rice’s book, Hosea Williams: A Lifetime of Defiance and Protest, was published by the University of South Carolina Press in 2021.
Dr. Rice is a non-traditional academician. He dropped out of high school in 2000 with a 1.42 GPA. He subsequently earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from DeVry University; a Master of Arts in History from Alabama State University; and his Ph.D. degree in the discipline of History from Auburn University. He was the first GED recipient to earn the Ph.D. since Auburn was founded in 1856. Dr. Rice’s life mission has been to recruit, retain and graduate students from marginalized communities.
Rolundus R. Rice
Vice President for Academic Affairs
SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison
Rust College150 Rust Avenue
Holly Springs, MS 38635
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