Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

20th Century Presidents: WHO HAVE INFLUENCED THE HIGHER EDUCATION LANDSCAPE

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

20th Century Presidents: WHO HAVE INFLUENCED THE HIGHER EDUCATION LANDSCAPE

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20th Century Presidents: WHO HAVE INFLUENCED THE HIGHER EDUCATION LANDSCAPE

Derek Bok, Harvard University

William Bowen, Princeton University, Mellon Foundation

They know rivers and write eloquently about the ebb and flow of affirmative action in higher education.

Horace Mann Bond

Fort Valley State College, Lincoln University-Pennsylvania

This father of civil rights activist Julian Bond emerged as an early critic of the dubious intelligence theories and myths springing up from the IQ testing movement.

Lionel Bordeaux

Sinte Gleska University

He led his institution to become one of the first two tribally controlled colleges to receive accreditation for a bachelor's degree program and the first to earn accreditation for a master's program.

Ray Bowen

La Guardia Community College

Distinguished for his candor in describing the plight of minorities in higher education and articulating what higher education must do in the face of its demographic imperative.

Oswald Bronson

Bethune-Cookman College

He does Mary McLeod Bethune's legacy proud.

Clinton Bristow Jr.

Alcorn State University

He shows what can be done even in the belly of the beast.

Ruth Burgos-Scasscer

Houston Community College

She brings a distinguished career in international women's issues to bear on this fast-growing urban community college.

Roscoe C. Brown Jr.

Bronx Community College

He is a former Tuskegee Airman who successfully flew through New York's educational politics.

John Casteen

University of Virginia

Though recently challenged, his policies resulted in anenviable recruitment record and a 90 percent Black graduation rate.

Rufus Clement

Atlanta University

This former university president went on to became the first African American to be elected to a citywide office in Atlanta since the Reconstruction era.

Jewell Plummet-Cobb

California State University-Fullerton

This pioneering researcher brought a perspective about the benefits of diversity in the pursuit of academic excellence to the California State system that continues to this day.

Johnnetta B. Cole

Spelman College

This "sister president" showed that you don't have to be a "seven sister" to be top rate.

Thomas Cole

Clark Atlanta University

His steadfast leadership of this anchor institution in the Atlanta University Center has been a model for others to replicate.

Samuel DuBois Cook

Dillard University

Thanks to his many years of leadership, Dillard is now positioned to compete with the leading institutions in Louisiana.

John Crecine

Georgia Institute of Technology

Because of him, Georgia Tech is envied in terms of minority engineer production.

Jim Duderstadt

University of Michigan

He believed that unless one could show that the numbers of underrepresented minorities on campus had increased, claiming to have a commitment to diversity was meaningless.

Vera King Farris

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Because of her, students in South New Jersey have a first-rate educational option.

Edward B. Fort

North Carolina A & T University

He understood how to make his institution thrive in an Adams environment.

Juliet Garcia

Texas Southmost College

Thanks to her, the fastest growing minority group in America, Latinos, has a brighter educational prospect.

J. Wade Gilley

University of Tennessee

In Virginia, West Virginia, and now in Tennessee, he has constantly opened the doors of opportunity to Black students, faculty and staff.

Frank Hale

Oakwood College

Through his work with Anne Pruitt, he showed how much you can accomplish even after retirement.

William "Bill" Harvey

Hampton University

Through to his bold entrepreneurial style, he has made Hampton is the envy of private colleges in America while holding true to the legacy of former President Jerome Brud Holland.

Freeman Hrabowski

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Against all odds, he is showing what an urban college can be.

Frederick B. Humphries

Florida A&M University

Through his leadership, Florida A&M is now number one in student production, but more importantly, the university is outstanding in academic achievement across the board.

Shirley Jackson

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Defying the laws of gravity, this doctor of physics just keeps rising.

Joseph Johnson

Grambling University

Under his leadership, Grambling University became known for academics as well as athletics.

Augusta Kappner

Bank Street College of Education, Borough of Manhattan Community College

This compassionate leader has brought uncanny insight to the plight of older and returning students as well as the educational needs of children amid growing diversity.

Eamon Kelly

Tulane University

He did an exemplary job of getting African American students into college.

Bill Kirwan

University o f Maryland-College Park, Ohio State University

He took the University of Maryland to the top of Black Issues In Higher Education's Top 100 list and seems to be steering Ohio State in the same direction.

Yolanda Moses

City College-City University of New York

This bicoastal leader has brought an anthropologist's insight to difficult challenges of urban education.

Eduardo J. Padrón

Miami-Dade Community College

He has paved a pathway for the realities of achieving diversity and all of its complexities.

Benjamin F. Payton

Benedict College

Thanks to his leadership, Booker T. Washington's and George Washington Carver's visions still shine brightly.

Paul Pearson

Miami University of Ohio

By doubling the number of Black faculty on his campus in less than three years, he proved that where there is a will, there is a way.

Donald G. Phelps

Seattle Central Community College

The many minorities enrolled in community colleges have a better chance of success thanks to his leadership.

Janine Pease-Pretty On Top

Little Big Horn College

American Indian education has gained national visibility through the efforts of this visionary pioneer in tribal college leadership.

Samuel Dewitt Proctor

Virginia Union University, North Carolina A&T

A preacher and a teacher in the classic sense of the word.

Earl Richardson

Morgan State University

New buildings, new programs and new vision have been achieved in the rough-and-tumble world of Maryland educational politics.

Luns Richardson

Morris College

When he got there the college was teetering on failure. Now it's aglow in prosperity.

James Rosser

California State University-Los Angeles

His impact reached from Watts to East L.A.to Brentwood, providing an educational oasis for the Los Angeles basin.

Gloria Scott

Bennett College

She spearheaded Zimbabwe's Africa

University while raising Bennett's profile among private colleges.

Donna Shalala

Hunter College, University of Wisconsin-Madison

A mentor to many, she made Hunter and Wisconsin-Madison major contributors.

Ruth Simmons

Smith College

If you had to havea seven-sister first, you couldn't have done better than Ruth Simmons.

Joshua Smith

Borough of Manhattan Community College, California Corem unity College System

This former chancellor and advocate for minorities in higher education is now in a position at NYU to not only advise and write about his experiences, but to give sage advice to community college leaders around the country.

Bob H. Suzuki

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

In a career field in which so few Asian Americans have made it to the ranks of president, Suzuki makes it look easy.

Delores Spikes

Southern University, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore

This dynamic leader has forged an institution-building legacy that will endure.

David Swinton

Benedict College

He has given a whole new meaning to the term community service.

H. Patrick Swygert

Temple University, SUNY Albany, Howard University

Taking the leadership on the flagship Black institution in the world, building on his successes at Temple and SUNY Albany, he has steadied Howard with declining federal support, having to make tough decisions as the No. 1 producer of Black Ph.D.s in the country.

Mavalene Styles Hughes

Cal State Stanislaus

She boldly got her institution involved in forging Middle East solutions.

Niara Sudarkasa

Lincoln University-Pennsylvania

She kept the Pan-African link alive.

Jerry Sue Thornton

Cuyahoga Corem unity College

She brought jazz and a whole lot more to her Cleveland campuses.

Chang-Lin Tien

University of California-Berkeley

A staunch supporter of affirmative action, this outstanding researcher vigorously fought the forces bent on limiting opportunity to U.C. Berkeley.

James Walker

Middle Tennessee State University

With surging enrollment and new programmatic thrusts, there is nothing middle of the road about this emerging power.

LeRoy Tashreau Walker

North Carolina Central University

He proved that the skills and leadership learned in sports can be excellent preparation for an exemplary career in higher education.

Blenda J. Wilson

California State University-Northridge

She withstood an earthquake and a whole lot more in steadying this L.A. campus.

Belle Wheelan

Northern Virginia Community College

As an African American female leader of the second largest community college in the country, situated in one of the nation's technology hubs, her aggressive recruitment of a diverse faculty and staff will provide a model for community colleges in accessing high tech employment in the next century.

Stephen J. Wright

Fisk University, Bluefield State College

This recipient of more than 10 honorary doctorates practiced a quality of educational leadership that many would do well to emulate.

Photo (John Casteen, Norman C. Francis, Yolanda Moses)

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