I enjoyed your 2011 “Guide to Schools,” but I was surprised and disappointed to see that Dillard University was not included. Our university has been educating young men and women for 141 years – long enough, I think, to make us a staple of the New Orleans academic community.

Like all area schools, Dillard has suffered the impact of both Hurricane Katrina and the country’s recent economic downturn. But we have regained our footing, and we have approached the monumental task of rebuilding with an urgency and seriousness of purpose that has paid great dividends.

Last year we cut the ribbons on two beautiful new facilities, the Professional Schools and Sciences Building, and the Student Union and Health and Wellness Center. Over the summer, we announced a $6.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center in partnership with LSU Health Sciences Center. This month we accepted an invitation to participate in the American Council on Education’s Creating Global Citizens program, an initiative that promotes the cross-cultural education necessary for success in today’s global world.

There are a lot of big things happening on our Avenue of the Oaks, and we would love for your readers to be aware of them. We hope you will include us in your 2012 Guide to Schools, but in the meantime; here are the fast facts on Dillard University.

Dillard University

Top Executive: Dr. Marvalene Hughes

2601 Gentilly Blvd.

Phone: 283-8822

Fax: 816-4895

Website: dillard.edu

Total Enrollment: 1,187

% Students Receiving Financial Aid: 99

Tuition per Semester: $6,500

Year Founded: 1869

Academic Specialties: Business, Physics, Nursing, Mass Communications

No. of Full Time Faculty: 82

No. of Part Time Faculty: 45

Accredited By: SACSCOC

Highest Academic Degree Issued: Bachelor’s

Mona Duffel Jones

Senior Director Communications & Marketing

Ed. Response. We certainly do consider Dillard to be “a staple of the New Orleans academic community.”

Although at the time of the data collection for the 2011 chart, we were not able to get a timely response from Dillard. We have great respect for the university and we do plan to include it in our 2012 as well as all subsequent charts.

I really look forward to your great magazines! I am a New Orleans wannabe! I go to New Orleans a couple times a year, but I also have worked in the St. Bernard area on the St. Bernard Project three times. I volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and have been down to work on the city three times since (Hurricane) Katrina. I always have this dream in the back of my mind of maybe, one day, getting to stay for a while. Meanwhile your magazines help me stay informed and keep me up on great things going on.

Connie Akard
Antlers, OK

Ed. Response. Thanks for your work on behalf of the city, Connie. We agree; you should stay awhile. Hope you do.

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