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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (Louisiana)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Negril, Jamaica Florence, Italy
Favorite Quote:
The Future Belongs To Those That Believe In The Beauty Of Their Dreams.

Birthplace

Born:
5/16/1932
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo (Louisiana)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Negril, Jamaica Florence, Italy
Favorite Quote:
The Future Belongs To Those That Believe In The Beauty Of Their Dreams.

Birthplace

Born:
5/16/1932
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Educator Rodney Reed was born on May 16, 1932 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Ursul and Edgar Reed. He received his B.A. degree from Clark College in 1951, and his M.Mus. degree in music education from the University of Michigan in 1956.

Upon graduation, he accepted a position at Southern University as an assistant professor of music and associate conductor of University bands. In 1961, Reed moved to Oakland, California, where he served as a junior high school music teacher and department head and principal of the summer music recreation program in the Oakland Unified School District before becoming Vice Principal of King Junior High School.

Reed graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 with his Ph.D. degree in educational policy, planning, and administration. He then joined the faculty of the University’s Graduate School of Education, becoming only the second tenure track professorial appointment in the school’s history at that time, and ascended the ranks to become a full professor. In 1973, Reed was appointed as assistant research educator, Program in International Education Finance, during which time he conducted studies in Liberia, West Africa. In 1976, he was appointed as chair of the division of education administration in the school of education, and in 1989, was elected for a three year term as chair of the university’s Graduate School of Education faculty.

While at Berkeley, Reed served on two Academic Senate Committees; was a co-founder of the University’s Professional Development Program; was an initial member of the Board of Directors of the Young Musicians Program; co-director of the University of California/Oakland Unified School District Teacher Corps Project; and founded the University’s Annual Institute for School Administrators.

In January, 1990, he assumed the position of Pennsylvania Professor of Education and Dean of The College of Education at Pennsylvania State University and became that University’s first black senior academic administrator. While at Penn State, he was elected to serve a two-year term as chair of the academic council of deans. In 1994 he officially resigned from the University of California, Berkeley and was named professor emeritus. In 1998 he retired as dean of Penn State and was awarded the title of dean and professor emeritus, College of education.

Reed has published numerous articles examining the education system in America and has served on the editorial boards of a number scholarly journals. From 1991 to 1994 he was host of the television program, Touching the Future. He has served in leadership positions in the American Educational Research Association, and on the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the San Francisco-Bay Area Urban League, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Governor’s “Pennsylvania 2000” board to chart the future of education in that state.

He has received many awards including resolutions from the California Assembly and the California Senate, the State of California Speaker of the Assembly Willie J. Brown Jr. plaque for his service to the educational system of California, and the 1992 Alumnus of the Year Award from the Black Alumni club of the California Alumni Association. In addition, The Rodney J. and Vernell A. Reed scholarship in urban education has been established in the Pennsylvania State University College of Education.

Reed is married to Vernell Auzenne Reed. They have two adult children: Karen and Ursula.

Rodney Reed was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 8, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Rodney Reed lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Rodney Reed talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Rodney Reed describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Rodney Reed talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Rodney Reed describes his father's career as a pharmacist
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Rodney Reed talks about his father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Rodney Reed describes his parents' personalities and activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Rodney Reed lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Rodney Reed lists the places he lived in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Rodney Reed remembers Dooky Chase's Restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Rodney Reed describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Rodney Reed recalls his early saxophone performances
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Rodney Reed describes his neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Rodney Reed remembers Joseph A. Craig Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Rodney Reed recalls his experiences at the Gilbert Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Rodney Reed talks about his early aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Rodney Reed recalls his activities at the Gilbert Academy in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Rodney Reed describes his teenage personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Rodney Reed remembers matriculating at Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Rodney Reed describes his experiences at Clark College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Rodney Reed remembers the faculty and students at Clark College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Rodney Reed talks about the music department at Clark College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Rodney Reed remembers pledging to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Rodney Reed recalls enlisting in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Rodney Reed talks about his experiences in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Rodney Reed recalls working as a busser at the University of Michigan student union
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Rodney Reed describes his experiences as a graduate student at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Rodney Reed remembers the popular music of the 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Rodney Reed recalls playing with the University of Michigan Marching Band, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Rodney Reed recalls playing with the University of Michigan Marching Band, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Rodney Reed remembers being hired at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Rodney Reed talks about the seclusion of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Rodney Reed describes the development of the Southern University Marching Band
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Rodney Reed remembers his career at Southern University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Rodney Reed talks about the student demonstrations at Southern University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Rodney Reed describes his courtship with his wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Rodney Reed recalls becoming a teacher in the Oakland Unified School District
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Rodney Reed recalls his early career in the Oakland Unified School District
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Rodney Reed describes the formation of his dance band, the Ambassadors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Rodney Reed describes his community in Oakland, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Rodney Reed recalls his decision to pursue a doctorate in education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Rodney Reed recalls joining the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Rodney Reed describes his early career at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Rodney Reed describes the findings of his doctoral dissertation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Rodney Reed talks about his mentors at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Rodney Reed remembers the support of Professor Troy Duster
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Rodney Reed describes his work at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Rodney Reed recalls serving as faculty assistant to the chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Rodney Reed remembers the Loma Prieta earthquake
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Rodney Reed remembers building a house in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Rodney Reed recalls becoming the dean of the Pennsylvania State University College of Education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Rodney Reed recalls his transition to professor emeritus status at the University of California, Berkeley, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Rodney Reed recalls his transition to professor emeritus status at the University of California, Berkeley, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Rodney Reed talks about the Pennsylvania State University system
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Rodney Reed describes his career at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Rodney Reed talks about the end of his deanship at Pennsylvania State University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Rodney Reed recalls his commencement address at Pennsylvania State University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Rodney Reed describes his academic research
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Rodney Reed talks about his research on educational finance in Africa
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Rodney Reed talks about his friends from Liberia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Rodney Reed remembers his experiences at the University of Khartoum in Sudan
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Rodney Reed talks about his international travels
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Rodney Reed talks about his involvement in the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Rodney Reed describes the Boule Scholars Program
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Rodney Reed talks about the membership of the Boule
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Rodney Reed reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Rodney Reed reflects upon his life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Rodney Reed describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Rodney Reed reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Rodney Reed talks about the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Rodney Reed remembers his parents' support
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Rodney Reed talks about his daughters and grandson
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Rodney Reed describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Rodney Reed describes his television program, 'Touching the Future: Dialogues on Education'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Rodney Reed narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Rodney Reed narrates his photographs, pt. 2