Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dr. Polding earned a PhD in Educational Leadership, and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Florida, and an MA in Student Personnel Counseling and BA in Philosophy from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Florida in the United States and teaches in the fields of education and management, undergraduate through doctoral programs for several universities and works for a higher education consulting firm. He has chaired and served on over sixty doctoral dissertation committees for five degree programs and three universities. He has served in teaching and administrative roles in higher education for over 25 years. He served as Chair of the School of Business for the University of Phoenix, Director of the Adult Education Degree Program at Jacksonville University, FL Organizational Development Manager for Convergys Corporation, Director of Judicial Affairs for the University of South Carolina, Assistant Dean of Students for the University of New Mexico, Judicial Affairs, Coordinator and Assistant Director of the Leadership Resource Center for the University of Florida
He has specific expertise in the areas of organizational culture, change management, conflict resolution systems, organizational ethics policies, supervisor training and leadership development. He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Leadership Education. In February 2013 he received the President’s Commission Volunteer Service Award from the White House. In 2012 he was one of eleven alumni recognized by the University of Florida’s College of Education for “Distinguished Service to Higher Education”. Dr. Polding is a Supreme Court certified mediator for the Florida family courts. He serves as Director of Education and Board member for the Alliance for the Lost Boys of Sudan (allianceforthelostboys.com). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Florida Alumni Association, Jacksonville chapter and the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Florida Chamber of Commerce South Council.