Dr. Kevin Arthur Rolle serves as the Chief of Staff at Alabama State University. As an ambassador for the president, he provides specialized services and support, set the tone for communicating to internal and external stakeholders, provides leadership, direction and executive oversight in accordance with all accreditation, regulatory, and governmental standards, and works closely with the Board of Trustees and manages a staff of Vice Presidents and Directors. He has more than 30 years of progressive administrative experience in higher education. Prior to joining ASU, he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer at Alabama A&M University and a full tenured professor of Educational Leadership/Urban Affairs.
Dr. Rolle received a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation in August 1984 and subsequently received a Master of Science degree in Leisure and Recreational Services and 30+ hours in Public Administration at Southern University. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy degree from Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colorado) in May 1998 in Education and Human Resource Studies with a cognate in Administration and Community College Leadership. The Florida native’s professional career has been dedicated to providing educational opportunities to non-traditional and minority students. He has a myriad of experiences ranging from working as a minority recruiter to an executive vice president/chief operating officer. These experiences, coupled with his dedication to higher education have afforded him the opportunity to assist thousands of students in realizing their educational goals and mentoring countless individuals who are now pursuing advanced level careers.
As the Vice President for Student Affairs at South Carolina State University he increased enrollment for first-time students by 24% and assisted in securing a $42 million dollar loan to construct a 755-bed apartment style housing complex for undergraduate students. He was responsible for financial aid, food services, residential life, admission and recruitment, scholarship and abatement, campus police, health services, counseling services, career planning and placement, multicultural affairs, intramural sports, and student leadership and development. He was also a tenured Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, teaching graduate level courses.
While serving as the Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement/Chief Development Officer, he was responsible for the development, implementation and execution of all university-wide fundraising activities. Dr. Rolle also made the rank of Associate Professor with a tenure track while at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. In 2002, he was a Senior Associate Consultant with the responsibility for the overall strategic fundraising plans for institutions planning capital campaign activities. He was directly responsible for the solicitation of restricted and non-restricted funds for an average five-year capital campaign.
Dr. Rolle was the Executive Vice President of Texas College in Tyler, Texas. His duties included oversight of the day-to-day administrative operation of the institution and supervision of Vice Presidents. As a member of the Executive, he successfully coordinated activities such as planning and implementing the strategic plan, contract obligations and applying institutional policies that led to the reaffirmation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Additionally, he provided oversight and administration of the institution’s Title III.
He has participated in the Kettering Fellowship Program for Public Scholars, the Executive Leadership Summit at Hampton University, the Harvard University Institute for Higher Education (Institute for Educational Management), and The Millennium Leadership Institute. Dr. Rolle has received many honors and awards, to include the following: the Outstanding Young Men of America, the U.S. Marine Corps Meritorious Promotion Award, the Louisiana National Guard Commanders Award, and the Southern University Graduate Fellowship Recipient. He received Certification from the AFGE School of Arbitration in New Orleans, Louisiana; the Federal Training Center for Law Enforcement in Glencoe, Georgia; the Equal Opportunity Counseling Training in Alexandria, Louisiana; and the Army Basic Medical Course in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
His professional and social affiliations include membership in Sigma Pi Phi-Delta Chi Boule’, Early Riser Kiwanis, Kappa Phi Kappa Honor Fraternity, Toastmasters International, National Association of Student Personnel Professionals, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Life Member), Prince Hall Masons, Louisiana National Association of Student Affairs Personnel (Board Member), National Association of Student Affairs Professionals, Southern University National Alumni Association and the Boy Scouts of America (Baton Rouge, Louisiana).