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Dr. Emmanuel Lalande Selected to Participate in the 2021-2022 Executive Leadership Academy

Dr. Lalande is the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Services

COLUMBIA, SC – March 22, 2021 – Benedict College is pleased to announce that Dr. Emmanuel Lalande was selected to participate in the 2021-2022 Executive Leadership Academy (ELA). The ELA is co-sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI). The Academy prepares experienced provosts and vice presidents to become successful presidents. By completing the program, participants will have acquired considerable knowledge, skills, and experiences germane to the portfolio of responsibilities and activities central to the work of a president or other senior-level leader.

“I am proud of Dr. Lalande’s commitment to higher education,” said Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President and CEO of Benedict College. “The responsibilities of senior-level administrators have evolved in recent years. The position of presidency requires an astute leader with a broad understanding of all aspects of the college from enrollment to the endowment as well as financial management, strategic planning, athletics, fundraising, marketing, and student affairs.”

Dr. Lalande has over fifteen years of higher education administrative experience. For the last four years, he has been responsible for recruiting some of the best and most promising students from across the country, resulting in a marked increase in the academic profile of the incoming students. Additionally, Dr. Lalande provides oversight to the areas of admissions and recruitment, international recruiting, financial aid, scholarships, and TRIO programs.

“Dr. Lalande has been an integral part of the college’s transformation,” noted Dr. Artis. He joined the Benedict family just as we repositioned ourselves to be more competitive by ending the open-enrollment policy. He has launched several successful minority male initiatives and helped lead one of the college’s largest international relief efforts for the Bahamas during Hurricane Dorian.” 

Dr. Lalande has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Delaware State University. He earned a doctorate of education degree with a concentration in organizational leadership at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.

About Benedict College

Founded in 1870 by a woman, Bathsheba A. Benedict, Benedict College is a private co-educational liberal arts institution, offering 25 competitive baccalaureate degree programs. The Midlands HBCU welcomes students from all 46 counties in South Carolina, 30 states across America, and 26 countries around the world. 

Benedict offers several high-demand fields of study in STEM, Cyber Security, Mass Communication, Sport Management, Business Administration, Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, and Education. The College also has a diverse faculty and importantly, 80 percent of courses are taught by full-time faculty. 

There are over 18,000 proud Benedict Tigers throughout the nation. Benedict College has been a community leader for over 150-years and is a significant contributor to South Carolina and the region. Contributing $130 million and 1,218 jobs in total local and annual economic impact, a Benedict graduate working full-time throughout his or her working life can expect to earn $1.1 million in additional income because of their Benedict College degree. 

The College made front-page news in the spring of 2018 when it became the first South Carolina college to lower its tuition by 26 percent. Cutting tuition drew praise from the Commission on Higher Education, South Carolina’s education oversight body. The commissioner noted that the move Benedict College made should be applauded because it offers families affordability and students greater access to higher education. 

Benedict College has been highly regarded and exceptionally ranked for its programs by several academic and traditional publications.  For example, Benedict College was ranked as one of the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine for creating social mobility and producing cutting-edge scholarship and research.  In 2019, Benedict College received the 2019 ACE/ Fidelity Investments Awards for Institutional Transformation and was named the HBCU of the Year by HBCU Digest

Benedict College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Five of the College’s degree programs hold national accreditation: The School of Education, Social Work Program, Environmental Health Science Program, Studio Art Program, and the Tyrone Adam Burroughs School of Business and Entrepreneurship. 

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