Dr. Paulette Dillard
Paulette Dillard, Ph.D., is the interim president of Shaw University. Prior to her appointment in July 2017, she served as Shaw University’s Vice President of Academic Affairs in which she played an instrumental role in Shaw’s positioning as a resource to the City of Raleigh and its surrounding communities. During her tenure at Shaw University, Dr. Dillard has also served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Chair of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and as an associate professor of Biology.
Dr. Dillard began her career at International Clinical Laboratories in Nashville, Tennessee. She went on to hold senior leadership positions at SmithKline and Quest Diagnostics, where she managed operations and maintained an operating margin of 20 percent and achieved a 99-percent customer retention during the integration of the two companies. With that extensive experience in the health care industry and medical diagnostics, she worked as a researcher assisting with development and academic executive direction at Clark Atlanta University's Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development.
Dr. Dillard earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Clark Atlanta University in 2010. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, a Master’s of Science in Biology from Tennessee State University, a Medical Technology degree from Self Memorial Hospital School of Medical Technology in Greenwood, South Carolina and a Bachelor’s in Biology from Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina.