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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Chancellor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
If you control a man's mind, you do not have to tell him to go to the back door. His very nature will take him there. And if there's no back door, he will make one.f

Birthplace

Born:
9/1/1945
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Chancellor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
If you control a man's mind, you do not have to tell him to go to the back door. His very nature will take him there. And if there's no back door, he will make one.f

Birthplace

Born:
9/1/1945
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Chancellor of the largest community college system in the country, Wayne D. Watson, was born September 1, 1945, in Chicago, Illinois. Watson's parents sacrificed financially to send him to private Catholic schools, and at Mt. Carmel High School, Watson was a standout on the wrestling team, though an average student. After graduation in 1964, Watson was invited to try out for the U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team. At Joliet Junior College, Watson won the junior college wrestling championship and earned his A.A. degree. At Northwestern University, Watson received three degrees: his B.A. degree in education in 1968; his M.A. degree in education and sociology in 1970; and his Ph. D in education administration in 1972.

After earning his doctorate, Watson served as associate professor of education at Shaw University from 1972 to 1975. Flight lessons and pilot training led to two years as general manager of Wheeler Airlines, the first African American company offering regularly scheduled flights. From 1977 to 1978, Watson served as headmaster of Boggs Academy; In 1978, he returned to Chicago, accepting a position at Malcolm X College. While at Malcolm X, Watson was appointed vice president of instructional services, where he served from 1980 to 1983. Leaving Malcolm X, Watson was named vice president of the City Colleges of Chicago, where he remained until 1986. Watson went on to become president of both Harold Washington College and Kennedy-King College in the 1990s

As chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, Watson oversaw seven community colleges in a system that served 170,000 students; over 9,500 employees; and had an annual operating budget of $260 million. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Watson to the seven-member Bronzeville Committee and the Chicago Fire Department Committee for Promotion and Rank. Watson also served as a member of the Fantus Health Center Advisory Board, and was co-chairman of the Capital Development Board for Chicago Public Schools. Watson was honored as a distinguished alumnus by Northwestern University.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Wayne Watson's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Wayne Watson tells about his grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Wayne Watson talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Wayne Watson describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Wayne Watson tells how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Wayne Watson tells of racism against African Americans
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Wayne Watson reflects on growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Grammar schools Wayne Watson attended
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Wayne Watson describes his childhood stuttering problem
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Wayne Watson describes the cause of stuttering
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Wayne Watson's childhood mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Wayne Watson remembers Mt. Carmel High School, Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Wayne Watson talks about family church participation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Wayne Watson tells about how he met a high school girlfriend
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Wayne Watson's wrestling career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Wayne Watson transitions his focus from wrestling to academics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Wayne Watson tells of his experience at Northwestern University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Wayne Watson decides to go for Master's and Doctorate degrees
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Wayne Watson talks about how he got involved in oral history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Wayne Watson remembers Alex Haley
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Wayne Watson speaks of the students who helped him with his oral history research
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Wayne Watson's views on the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Wayne Watson teaches at Shaw University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Wayne Watson talks of life in the South
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Wayne Watson works for Wheeler Airlines
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Wayne Watson's position at Boggs Academy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Wayne Watson works at Malcolm X College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Wayne Watson talks of Malcom X College's history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Wayne Watson's community involvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Wayne Watson describes the importance of City Colleges of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Wayne Watson's biggest challenge in running City Colleges of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Wayne Watson talks about Kennedy-King College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Wayne Watson talks of Kennedy-King College coming to Englewood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Wayne Watson speaks of the quality education that City Colleges of Chicago provides
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Wayne Watson's vision for City Colleges of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Wayne Watson's concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Wayne Watson's discusses his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Wayne Watson discusses how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Photo - Wayne Watson with children at Kennedy-King College's childcare center, Chicago, Illinois, 1995
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Photo - Wayne Watson's wrestling portrait from Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois, 1966
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Photo - Wayne Watson on podium at national wrestling championship, Worthington, Minnesota, 1965
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Photo - Wayne Watson, William Kempffer and Warren Wheeler, executives for Wheeler Flying Service, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1975-1977
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Photo - Candid photo of Wayne Watson, 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Photo - Prom photo of Wayne Watson and Cynthia Waters at Harlan Community Academy High School, Chicago, Illinois, 1963-1964
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Photo - Wayne Watson and family, 1959-1965
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Photo - Wayne Watson with his family and a mentor at his graduation from Mount Carmel High School, Chicago, Illinois, 1964
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Photo - Wayne Watson with his dog, Mischief, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Photo - Wayne Watson, aged two, 1947-1948
  • Tape: 4 Story: 17 - Photo - Wayne Watson on his fifth birthday with his father and brother, Chicago, Illinois, 1950