Olga Bolden-Tiller

Olga Bolden-Tiller

Tuskegee University

Agriculture Education

Dr. Olga U. Bolden-Tiller serves as the Head of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (DAES) at Tuskegee University (TU). She holds a BS degree in Agricultural Sciences (Animal Sciences) from Fort Valley State University (1997) and a PhD degree in Animal Sciences (Reproductive Biology) from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she matriculated as an USDA-National Needs Fellow.  Following her graduate work, Dr. Bolden-Tiller continued her training at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center as an NIH Fellow in Reproductive Biology (2002-2005).  In 2005, she joined Tuskegee University as an Assistant Professor and was later promoted to Associate Professor (2012). Prior to obtaining her current position, Dr. Bolden-Tiller served as the Coordinator for the Animal, Poultry and Veterinary Sciences Program (2006-2012) as well as the Assistant Chair for DAES (2010-2012).  Since 2008, Dr. Bolden-Tiller has served as the Director for the NSF funded Integrative Biosciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at Tuskegee University as well as the Director for summer pre-college programs, including AgriTREK (2011-Present), AgDiscovery (2011-Present), SciTREK (2012-Present), and DiscoveryTREK (2013-Present).  In addition to her administrative and teaching duties, Dr. Bolden-Tiller’s current research interests entail elucidating the molecular mechanisms of testicular function in rodents and ruminants.  Collectively, Dr. Bolden-Tiller has served as a research mentor for over 50 high school, graduate and undergraduate students. She is the author/co-author of numerous of refereed journal articles and conference proceedings and is an active member of numerous professional societies, serving in leadership roles in many, including the American Society of Animal Sciences, the Society for the Study of Reproduction as well as Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.  Her research and training programs are funded by the United States Department of Agriculture; the National Science Foundation; and the state of Alabama (Alabama Agricultural Land Grant Alliance).  Dr. Bolden-Tiller has received several awards, including the TU College of Agriculture, Environmental and Natural Sciences’ Faculty Performance Award for Service (2008) and Teaching (2010) as well as the Russell Brown Distinguished Scientist Award (2013).  Among several administrative and academic fellowships, she is among the inaugural cohort of the NSF/OURS (Opportunities for Under Represented Scholars) Fellows which is accompanied by the a Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Leadership awarded by The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (2014) as well as an alumnus of the Lead 21 Program (2014).  Dr. Bolden-Tiller is married to Tony Tiller and they have one son, Carlton Bernard Tiller.