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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Policy Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Let's See If We Can Understand This.

Birthplace

Born:
10/21/1944
Birth Location:
Starr City, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Public Policy Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Let's See If We Can Understand This.

Birthplace

Born:
10/21/1944
Birth Location:
Starr City
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Biography

Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University and former President of Clark Atlanta University, Walter Doyce Broadnax has led a distinguished life of public service. Born October 21, 1944 in Starr City, Arkansas to railroad man, Walter Broadnax and Mary Lee Broadnax, Broadnax attended Roosevelt Elementary School in Hoisington, Kansas. He graduated from Hoisington High School in 1962 as an outstanding senior. He earned his B.A. degree from Washburn University in 1967. A Ford Foundation Fellow, Broadnax earned his M.P.A. degree from the University of Kansas in 1969 and his Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University in 1975.

From 1974 to 1975, Broadnax taught at Syracuse University and was a staff consultant to the New York State Department of Correctional Services. In 1976, he was appointed co-director, Joint International City Management Association/National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, Urban Management Education Program, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C. Until 1979, Broadnax was professor of public administration at the Federal Executive Institute while teaching at the University of Virginia, Howard University and the University of Maryland. He also worked as director of Services to Children, Youth and Adults for the State of Kansas in Topeka. Broadnax joined the Carter administration in 1980 as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare. He was senior staff member for the Advanced Study Program of the Brookings Institution. In 1981, he joined the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University where he chaired the Massachusetts Executive Development Program and was founding director of the innovations in state and local government programs. In 1987, Broadnax was appointed president of the New York Civil Service Commission. He worked as adjunct professor of Public Policy at the University of Rochester from 1990 to 1993. In 1992, Broadnax served on the Harvard South Africa Program team and as a transition team leader for President Clinton. In 1993, he served as president of the Center for Governmental Research, and from 1993 to 1996, Broadnax worked as Deputy Secretary and COO of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. He also worked as a professor at the University of Maryland and Dean of Public Affairs at American University.

In 2002, Broadnax became president of Clark Atlanta University. Founded as Atlanta University in 1865 and Clark College in 1869, Clark Atlanta University is the largest of the United Negro College Fund institutions with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 students. Under Broadnax’s leadership, Clark Atlanta University is the only private historically Black College or university classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Broadnax has served on Colin Powell’s U.S. Secretary of State management advisory board, Controller General of the United States David Walker’s Advisory Board and NASA’s Return to Flight Task Force.

Broadnax is married to Angel L. Wheelock and has a grown daughter, Andrea.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Walter Broadnax's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Walter Broadnax lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Walter Broadnax describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Walter Broadnax talks about A. Philip Randolph
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Walter Broadnax describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Walter Broadnax recalls his paternal great grandfather's murder
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Walter Broadnax reflects upon naming styles in the African American community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Walter Broadnax recalls visiting his mother as an adult
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Walter Broadnax describes his mother's life as a girl and as a homemaker
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Walter Broadnax reflects upon being from Arkansas and Kansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Walter Broadnax talks about moving to Kansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Walter Broadnax describes his mother's personality, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Walter Broadnax describes his mother's personality, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Walter Broadnax describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Walter Broadnax describes the sights of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Walter Broadnax describes the African American community of Hoisington, Kansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Walter Broadnax describes his experience in kindergarten
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Walter Broadnax recalls his childhood hobby of building miniature cities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Walter Broadnax describes his early interest in public policy and government
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Walter Broadnax recalls going to school on the north side of town
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Walter Broadnax recalls visiting urban African American communities as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Walter Broadnax remembers First Baptist Church in Hoisington, Kansas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Walter Broadnax recalls his third grade teacher attending his high school graduation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Walter Broadnax recalls attending Hoisington High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Walter Broadnax recalls the athletes at Hoisington High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Walter Broadnax recalls Wilt Chamberlain attending the University of Kansas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Walter Broadnax talks about Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Walter Broadnax recalls his decision to attend college in Arkansas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Walter Broadnax recalls being unable to date in high school, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Walter Broadnax recalls being unable to date in high school, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Walter Broadnax describes his decision to attend Washburn University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Walter Broadnax describes his decision to major in political science
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Walter Broadnax describes his experience at Washburn University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Walter Broadnax recalls working for Governor Robert Docking upon graduating college
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Walter Broadnax recalls attending graduate school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Walter Broadnax recalls his mentors at the Kansas State budget office
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Walter Broadnax recalls directing Upward Bound at Washburn University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Walter Broadnax recalls his decision to attend Syracuse University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Walter Broadnax describes his experience at Syracuse University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Walter Broadnax describes the results of his doctoral research, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Walter Broadnax describes the results of his doctoral research, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Walter Broadnax describes his experience as a minority at Harvard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Walter Broadnax describes his social experience at Harvard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Walter Broadnax recalls his reception as a lecturer at Harvard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Walter Broadnax recalls his appointment to the Clinton administration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Walter Broadnax reflects upon race relations in America
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Walter Broadnax's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Walter Broadnax recalls his work at the New York Civil Service Commission
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Walter Broadnax recalls serving as president of the Center for Government Research
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Walter Broadnax talks about the Harvard South Africa Program, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Walter Broadnax talks about the Harvard South Africa Program, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Walter Broadnax recalls being appointed deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Walter Broadnax describes his role in the Clinton presidential administration, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Walter Broadnax describes his role in the Clinton presidential administration, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Walter Broadnax describes his experience at the University of Maryland
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Walter Broadnax recalls serving as dean of American University's School of Public Affairs
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Walter Broadnax recalls facing racial discrimination at American University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Walter Broadnax recalls facing racial discrimination at American University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Walter Broadnax recalls his decision to become president of Clark Atlanta University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Walter Broadnax reflects upon the challenges faced as president of Clark Atlanta University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Walter Broadnax talks about Clark Atlanta University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Walter Broadnax talks about W.E.B. Du Bois and college desegregation
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Walter Broadnax reflects upon the need for HBCUs
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Walter Broadnax describes his projects and goals at Clark Atlanta University
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Walter Broadnax describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Walter Broadnax reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Walter Broadnax reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Walter Broadnax talks about his family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Walter Broadnax describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Walter Broadnax narrates his photographs