Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall
Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall became the 17th president of Bennett College on July 1, 2013 immediately assuming a very public role in the life of Bennett College and immersing herself in all things Bennett. From serving as a grand marshal of the 2014 MLK Parade to keynote speaker of Stone Lecture Series at UNC Chapel Hill and the 2013 Win-Win Resolution’s Young Peacemaker Awards program, she has demonstrated a commitment to being a civic as well as academic leader
A seasoned administrator fiercely committed to the success of her student and faculty scholars, Fuse-Hall leads the College’s four operational divisions, economic development and entrepreneurial initiatives, as well as partnerships with government and business organizations and agencies. She oversees a $19-million private enterprise that serves over 600 students and employs over 200 faculty and staff.
During her first year, Fuse-Hall focused on closing the 2013-14, $2.9 million deficit in the College’s operational budget. In addition, she worked to establish a bachelor’s degree program in entrepreneurship, and reinstated summer school. She continues to work with finance and enrollment management to increase revenues flowing into the College. Her major goals align with the Trustees’ strategic goals for enhancing student success through leadership enhancement and increased global acumen; enriching student’s communication skills, and developing entrepreneurial prowess. To that end, students are authoring and publishing peer-reviewed papers in scholarly journals. They are presenting at conferences and traveling the world gaining exposure and insight into the problems and possibilities of the global society in which we live. The faculty is distinguishing itself through participation in various academic, cultural and scholarly pursuits, further enhancing their capabilities as they unlock the doors to new horizons for the benefit of eager minds. The College continues to make quality education available to women who thirst for knowledge and have a passion for learning.
Prior to coming to Bennett College, Fuse-Hall was interim executive director of Title III Programs at Florida A&M University and chief of staff to the president there. She has served as executive assistant to the chancellor at North Carolina Central University and corporate secretary at the General Administration for the University of North Carolina, the 17-campus system. She served as Associate Dean in the College of the Arts & Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and began her career in higher education at St. Lawrence University, where she was assistant director for minority affairs.
A prolific grant writer, she successfully garnered over $16 million in grant funds to enhance institutional strengths and student outcomes at Florida A&M University. At North Carolina Central University, Fuse-Hall worked on two special initiatives that brought nearly $44 million to the University. One was the Biomanufacuturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise or “BRITE” Center for Excellence. The center brought together the biotech industry, governmental officials, community colleges and a major research university to secure $19.1 million in capital funds to build the institute and an additional $7 million in annual operating funds from the state legislature.
The second project resulted from a public-private partnership that built a 408-bed residence hall on the newly created West Campus of the University.
Fuse-Hall has a wealth of experience as a hands-on teacher and mentor. During her career spanning more than 25 years, she has trained and mentored hundreds of students who have gone on to obtain advanced degrees and to pursue careers in education, medicine, law, business and politics.
Throughout her career as an educator, Fuse-Hall has been active in numerous community and professional organizations. She serves on the Greensboro Partnership, the Greensboro Rotary, and Opportunity Greensboro and will join the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation. National affiliations include past co-chair of the Association of Governing Board’s National Association of the Board Professional Staff, chair of the Bylaws Committee for UNCF, the Regional Parliamentarian for the Links, Inc., past chair of the Black Alumni Reunion, and the BRIDGES Board of Directors. She is a frequent presenter and public speaker.
Atlanta born, Fuse-Hall grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina on the campus of Fayetteville State University, where her father was on the faculty. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in the administration of criminal justice. She earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New Jersey; and studied at Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Institute of Educational Management. She was an Eisenhower Fellow in 2004 studying in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. She started her legal career as a judicial law clerk and then served as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in New York City.
President Fuse-Hall is married to Dr. Jarvis Hall, Associate Professor of Political Science at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina; and Director of the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change at North Carolina Central. Their daughter, Ifetoya Mandelisa Hall, a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a teacher with Teach for America.
Office of the President, Global Learning Center
Phone:336-517-2225 and 336-517-2226
Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall, President
Dr. Rolanda Burney, Chief of Staff
Dr. Michelle Linster, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mr. LeRoy Summers, Vice President, Business & Finance
Audrey Franklin, Interim Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Ms. Andrena Coleman, Vice President for Administrative Services