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Leonard Haynes, III

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Historic
Favorite Quote:
The Black Experience.

Birthplace

Born:
1/26/1947
Birth Location:
Boston, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Historic
Favorite Quote:
The Black Experience.

Birthplace

Born:
1/26/1947
Birth Location:
Boston
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Biography

Education advocate Leonard Haynes III was born in Boston on January 26, 1947. Haynes is the oldest child of a father who worked as a minister and professor and a mother who was a teacher. Haynes completed his B.A. from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1968, and earned an M.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University the following year. After earning his first degrees in history, Haynes attended Ohio State University, where he earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration in 1975.

Haynes' career in education has taken him to a variety of institutions, having served on the faculty at Howard University, the Ohio State University, the University of Maryland, Southern University, the Brookings Institution and George Washington University. While on the faculty at Southern University, he was appointed to the position of executive vice president. He later served as the assistant superintendent of academic programs for Louisiana's State Department of Education and then as the senior assistant to the president of American University. During President George H.W. Bush's administration, Haynes was the first African American to be appointed to the position of U.S. assistant secretary of postsecondary education and director of academic programs for the United States Information Agency (USIA). While with the USIA, Haynes worked to increase international education through cooperatives with Mexico, Canada and the European community. In 1997, Haynes was appointed to serve as the acting president of Grambling State University. President George W. Bush appointed Haynes to serve as the special assistant to the secretary of education in 2001, and in 2003 he was appointed to serve as the director of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education in the Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education.

Widely recognized for his work in the educational community, Haynes has offered his counsel to numerous organizations, including the Ford Foundation and the Merck Corporation. He has appeared in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Black America, and is the recipient of nine honorary degrees. He and his wife, Mary, live in Maryland. They have four children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Leonard Haynes, III's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Leonard Haynes, III lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Leonard Haynes, III describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Leonard Haynes, III describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Leonard Haynes, III describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Leonard Haynes, III describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Leonard Haynes, III describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Leonard Haynes, III reflects on his father's philosophy about the black experience
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Leonard Haynes, III describes his earliest childhood memory and where he grew up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Leonard Haynes, III describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Leonard Haynes, III describes his childhood and adolescent interests and activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Leonard Haynes, III describes his grade school memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Leonard Haynes, III lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Leonard Haynes, III describes his grade school and high school memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he attended high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about his time as a student at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and his interest in African American history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Leonard Haynes, III describes the 1960s and the Black Power movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Leonard Haynes, III describes H. Rap Brown
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Leonard Haynes, III describes how the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movement affected everyday life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Leonard Haynes, III describes avoiding the draft during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Leonard Haynes, III describes meeting and marrying his wife and their move to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Leonard Haynes, III describes attending a life-changing football game at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about his graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about teaching history at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about attending and dropping out of law school at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about his introduction to educational policy while working in Springfield, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about attending Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio for his Ph.D.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Leonard Haynes, III discusses the challenges of black studies on black college campuses
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Leonard Haynes, III describes the disconnect between education and knowledge
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about finishing his Ph.D. and his first jobs after receiving his degree, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about finishing his Ph.D. and his first jobs after receiving his degree, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Leonard Haynes, III reflects on his work researching desegregation in higher education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Leonard Haynes, III reflects on the shortcomings of busing and desegregation policies
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Leonard Haynes, III reflects on desegregation and reconciliation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about his role as director of the Public Black College Office of the National Land Grant Association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about his various places of employment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about returning to D.C. as Assistant Secretary for Post-Secondary Education for the Department of Education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about his work in international education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about his role as acting president at Grambling State University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about his role as acting president at Grambling State University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Leonard Haynes, III comments about Washington, D.C. and the reasons behind some of its problems
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Leonard Haynes, III reflects on his political affiliations and measures of success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Leonard Haynes, III describes his thoughts on school vouchers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Leonard Haynes, III describes his current job as director of the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Leonard Haynes, III describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Leonard Haynes, III reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Leonard Haynes, III reflects on his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Leonard Haynes, III talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Leonard Haynes, III narrates his photographs