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Bernice Baynes Brown

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
All Things Are Possible To The One That Believes.

Birthplace

Born:
6/19/1935
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
All Things Are Possible To The One That Believes.

Birthplace

Born:
6/19/1935
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
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Biography

Educator and advocate Bernice Baynes Brown was born on June 19, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Pittsburgh's Perry High School in 1953 before attending Carnegie Mellon University where she earned her B.F.A. She later pursued graduate work in education at the University of Pittsburgh and earned her M.Ed.

She began her career in education teaching art courses at Carlow College in Pittsburgh before relocating to San Francisco, where she lectured in art history at California State University and worked as an Education Specialist for the Bay Area Urban League. In 1968, she joined Lone Mountain College as an Assistant Professor in the Education Department and in just four years became the Dean of Students. In 1976, Brown left Lone Mountain to work for the San Francisco Public Schools Commission as its Director and Commissioner. One year later, she began a ten-year run as the Program Executive for the San Francisco Foundation. For the next four years, Brown served as the Vice-President of Educational Consulting Services for Academic Enterprises while acting as Foundation Administrator for the Clorox Company Foundation.

Brown worked for the City College of San Francisco beginning in 1991. She was the Dean of Faculty and Staff Development and the Campus Dean for the Southeast Campus, and acted as the Dean of Workforce Education.

Throughout her career, she was an active advocate for education. She served as the Chair of the Vocational Educational Advisory Committee for California Schools and Colleges. She sat on the boards of directors of the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the Northern California Grantmakers, the Foundation for Community Service Cable Television, the Women and Foundations/Corporate Philanthropy group, the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society, and the Commonwealth Club of California. She was a Trustee for both the San Francisco Bar Association Foundation and the Schools of the Sacred Hearts. She acted on the Steering Committee and as the Chair for the Council on Foundations' Pre-Collegiate Education Group. She remained on the boards of Global Educators, Urban Economic Development Corporations and the High Scope Education Research Foundation until the end of her life.

Brown passed away on July 24, 2009 at age 74.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Bernice Brown's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bernice Brown lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bernice Brown talks about her mother, Henrietta Hodges Baynes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bernice Brown describes her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bernice Brown describes her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bernice Brown describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bernice Brown describes attending elementary school, high school, and college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bernice Brown talks about her interest in art as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bernice Brown talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Bernice Brown describes herself as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Bernice Brown talks about attending James Weldon Johnson Camp as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bernice Brown describes growing up in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bernice Brown talks about her decision to attend Carnegie Mellon University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bernice Brown describes her experience at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bernice Brown talks about graduating Carnegie Mellon University and becoming a teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bernice Brown talks about the Civil Rights Movement during her tenure at Carlow College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bernice Brown talks about moving to San Francisco, California and teaching at Lone Mountain College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bernice Brown describes the changing attitudes about African American education in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bernice Brown talks about being appointed to the Public Schools Commission as Commissioner in 1976
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Bernice Brown talks about becoming Program Executive for the San Francisco Foundation in 1977
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bernice Brown describes changes in the public schools system during her tenure as Commission of Public Schools in San Francisco in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bernice Brown describes the development of the community college system in California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bernice Brown talks about how California Community College address the specific needs of communities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bernice Brown talks about her work at the San Francisco Foundation in 1976
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bernice Brown talks about what she learned about development working on The San Francisco Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bernice Brown talks about leaving the San Francisco Foundation in 1987 to start a consulting business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bernice Brown describes working for the Clorox Company Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bernice Brown talks about her starting to work in 1991 for City Colleges of San Francisco
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bernice Brown describes what qualities helped her reach this point in her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bernice Brown talks about her hopes for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bernice Brown talks about what she wants her legacy to be
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bernice Brown reflects on the influence of her mother