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Greetings from the Vice President


Yolanda W. Page, Ph.D.


Dr. Yolanda Page, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dillard UniversityWelcome to Dillard University! Whether you are beginning your education or completing your education here, the signature academic support that you receive will prepare you for professional success. This is fundamental to Dillard’s mission which is to cultivate leaders who live ethically, think and communicate precisely, and act courageously to make the world a better place. 


As a 1991 Dillard University graduate, I can tell you, first hand, that we offer some of the finest academic programs in the country. I firmly believe that the foundation I received at Dillard prepared me for the successes that I have experienced during my extensive career in higher education. No matter your career aspirations, you are sure to find a major that will prepare you to enter the workplace. Our courses are taught by faculty who are well-respected for their teaching, research and scholarship. 


Dillard is not simply an institution that provides knowledge; it also offers a means to develop your vision of the future and the tools to make that vision a reality.  This is accomplished through:  our Quality Enhancement Plan "Talking on the Oaks"; community and service learning; supplemental instruction; and co-curricular programs in pre-health, pre-law, and African American material culture.


The Division of Academic Affairs is proud to partner with you on your educational journey. We are here for you...let us know how we can best assist you.



Yolanda Page

Yolanda W. Page, Ph.D.                                                                                                          

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English



In recent years, the profile of Dillard University’s academic programs has increased. Under Dr. Page's leadership, academic programs have enjoyed national rankings. Both the biology and film studies programs were named top programs among's 2021 Top-Ranked Schools, ranked ninth and 13th respectively.'s 2021 ranking for small business management degree programs placed Dillard at 29th and ranked Dillard 24th in communications bachelor’s degree programs in 2020.


Dr. Page has also overseen several new academic initiatives including the Center for Racial Justice, a nationally recognized pre-law program, a hybrid RN-to-BSN nursing program, and a medical physics track within the physics degree. The university launched its first online program in 2015, and today approximately 25% of full-time and part-time faculty members are Quality Matters certified. Recently, the College of Business gained Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accreditation under Dr. Page's leadership, and the university successfully completed its reaffirmation process.


In just eight years under Dr. Page's leadership, the Division of Academic Affairs has secured $4.9M in external funding, and it has pending grants totaling $1 million.  


Dr. Page, who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and business management from Dillard University and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in American and African American Literature from Louisiana State University, has been recognized with the Council of Independent Colleges Chief Academic Officer Award and as one of 25 outstanding women leaders in higher education by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.


Dr. Page has presented literary papers, published chapters in books, written several articles about African American literature and published two sourcebooks including Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers (named a New York Library Association Best of Reference) and Icons of African American Literature.


















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