Dr. Vivian A. Bull
President for the Interim Term
Dr. Vivian A. Bull became Drew University’s president for the interim term on July 1, 2012. Her appointment marks a return to Drew, where she taught for more than 30 years as a member of the economics department and served for eight years as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Bull also directed the university’s Semester on the European Community in Brussels four times and served on a total of 21 Drew-led archaeological expeditions in the Middle East.
In 1992 she left Drew for Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, to become that school’s 18th president. During her 13-year tenure there, she led the school through a dramatic transformation, increasing its visibility and stature, steadily improving the quality of its students and more than doubling the size of its campus. She retired as president in June 2005.
Dr. Bull specializes in international economics with a specific focus on economic problems in the West Bank and Gaza, and is a recognized authority on Middle East affairs. She has served as a consultant to a number of institutions of higher education, to corporations, and to a variety of government and non-government organizations. She served on the executive committee of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (a regional accrediting organization) and on the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She previously served on the board of Fred Meyer Inc. and the Fred Meyer Foundation, and the American National/Chemical Bank in NJ. She helped organize the College of Management and Administration of Africa University in Zimbabwe and is a former trustee of the university where she continues to serve as a consultant.
Dr. Bull is currently working with the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, where she chairs the investment committee, serves with the University Senate and is working with a new international education project. This project has enabled her to consult on higher education issues on five continents. She has just completed six-year terms as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research (in Jerusalem) and as chair of the board of the local United Methodist Church.
Dr. Bull received her doctorate from New York University and her bachelor’s degree from Albion College. She did graduate work at the London School of Economics on a Fulbight Scholarship and has studied in Norway, Great Britain and the Netherlands. She is the recipient of honorary degrees from the University of Portland, Drew University and Albion College.
A resident of Madison, N.J., Dr. Bull was married to Robert J. Bull, Drew University Professor of Church History Emeritus, until his death in 2013. She has two sons, Camper, a 1991 graduate of Drew’s College of Liberal Arts and a former president of its alumni association, and Carlson.