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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Theologian
Education Chief Executive
Education Policy Consultant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/18/1946
Birth Location:
Charlotte, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Theologian
Education Chief Executive
Education Policy Consultant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/18/1946
Birth Location:
Charlotte
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Biography

Educational adviser Marshall Grigsby was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, on August 18, 1946. After earning his B.A. in political science from Morehouse College in 1968, Grigsby relocated to Chicago, where he pursued a master's of theology and doctorate in ministry from the University of Chicago, completing his program in 1972.

Grigsby began his career after earning his master's in 1970, working as the executive director of the Black Legislative Clearing House, which provided educational and research services to the nation's black legislators. After completing his Ph.D., Grigsby moved to Ohio, where he became the associate director of the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada. In that capacity, he worked with the schools to address the concerns of the minority students of the programs. In 1975, Grigsby was named assistant dean and an associate professor at the Divinity School at Howard University, where he remained for the next ten years. Continuing on in the academic world, Grigsby was named president of Benedict College in 1985, and in 1993 he was appointed to the positions of executive vice president, provost and CEO of Hampton University. After serving only a year at Hampton, Grigsby was summoned to Capitol Hill, where he served as the senior higher education specialist for Democratic members of Congress and as special adviser to Congressman William Clay. Grigsby left in 2001 to form his own company, Grigsby and Associates, an educational policy development consulting firm.

In addition to his consulting work, Grigsby serves on the Board of Trustees of USA Funds, which provides guaranteed loans of more than $10 billion a year to students across the country. He is also a managing consultant with the Council for Opportunity in Education and is the senior scholar with the Claiborne Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Education. Grigsby was one of five college presidents in 1991 to receive the Knight Foundation Presidential Leadership Award. Grigsby and his wife, Harriet, live in Maryland.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Marshall Grigsby's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Marshall Grigsby lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Marshall Grigsby describes his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Marshall Grigsby describes his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Marshall Grigsby shares the story of his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Marshall Grigsby describes the personality and occupation of his father, HistoryMaker Jefferson Eugene Grigsby
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Marshall Grigsby describes Phoenix, Arizona in the 1940s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Marshall Grigsby describes segregation in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Marshall Grigsby talks about Carver High School, the former all-black school in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Marshall Grigsby describes his love of school and reading as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Marshall Grigsby talks about his favorite elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Marshall Grigsby describes his experiences attending Phoenix Union High School in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Marshall Grigsby describes his and his parents' involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Marshall Grigsby talks about leaving the NAACP Youth Council to organize a chapter of CORE
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Marshall Grigsby talks about Elijah Muhammad's home in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Marshall Grigsby describes traveling from Phoenix, Arizona to Atlanta, Georgia by train to enroll at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Marshall Grigsby talks about his limited involvement in the Civil Rights Movement as a student at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Marshall Grigsby talks about Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Marshall Grigsby talks about important figures associated with Morehouse College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Marshall Grigsby remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Marshall Grigsby describes enrolling at the University of Chicago Divinity School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Marshall Grigsby comments on the concept of "higher law"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Marshall Grigsby talks about studying under Charles Long at the University of Chicago Divinity School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Marshall Grigsby describes why he chose to be ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Marshall Grigsby talks about his civic involvement in Chicago during the early 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Marshall Grigsby describes his experiences working for the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Marshall Grigsby describes his experiences working for the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Marshall Grigsby talks about Howard Thurman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Marshall Grigsby talks about theological debates
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Marshall Grigsby talks about the Mega Church Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Marshall Grigsby comments on the black church
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Marshall Grigsby describes his experiences teaching at the Howard University School of Divinity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Marshall Grigsby describes his experiences serving as President of Benedict College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Marshall Grigsby describes his experiences serving as President of Benedict College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Marshall Grigsby describes leaving Benedict College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Marshall Grigsby talks about reforming higher education policy in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Marshall Grigsby shares his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Marshall Grigsby talks about his future plans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Marshall Grigsby talks about his legacy and how he would like to be remembered