The Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Collection Mobile search icon Mobile close search icon
Advanced Biography Search
Mobile navigation icon Close mobile navigation icon

William Norman, Sr.

Share on Social Media

Information about William Norman, Sr.

Profile image of William Norman, Sr.

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive
Presidential Aide
Transportation Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
America
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/27/1938
Birth Location:
Roper, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive
Presidential Aide
Transportation Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
America
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/27/1938
Birth Location:
Roper
See how William Norman, Sr. is related to other HistoryMakers

Biography

William Stanley Norman was born on April 27, 1938, in Roper, North Carolina. His mother was a homemaker and domestic and his father was a builder. During early childhood, the family relocated to Norfolk, Virginia, where Norman attended Booker T. Washington High School. Norman was active in the band, honor society and student government and earned his high school diploma in 1956. Norman earned his B.S. degree in chemistry and math in 1960 from West Virginia Wesleyan College. That same year, he traveled to the Soviet Union as an exchange student. Shortly after beginning a teaching career in the Norfolk, Virginia, public school system, Norman was drafted. In 1962, he joined the United States Navy’s Aviation Candidate Program.

During his eleven years of service, Norman served as a naval flight officer, taught at the U.S. Naval Academy and served as an aide to the White House in the Johnson and Nixon administrations. He earned his masters degree from American University in 1967. After his military service, Norman joined the Cummins Engine Company, where he held a number of management positions between 1973 and 1979. Norman then worked for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK) in 1979 and served as vice president of marketing and was then promoted to group vice president. When he left AMTRAK in 1994, he was the number two corporate officer at the company. In 1994, Norman served as president and chief executive officer of the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA). TIA is a national umbrella organization which represents all segments of the U.S. travel industry.

Norman holds leadership positions and serves on the board of directors of many private and public sector organizations. He and his wife, Elizabeth split their time between their homes in Orlando, Florida and McLean, Virginia. They have two grown children.

See how William Norman, Sr. is related to other HistoryMakers
Loading...
Click Here To Explore The Archive Today!
  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of William Norman interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - William Norman's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - William Norman remembers his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - William Norman describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - William Norman details his parents' courtship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - William Norman remembers his grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - William Norman recalls his childhood environs, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - William Norman recounts holidays in his household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - William Norman describes his childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - William Norman names his siblings and gives their birth order
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - William Norman talks about the smells, sounds and sights of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - William Norman discusses his childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - William Norman talks about his early educational experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - William Norman recalls some highlights from his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - William Norman talks about his childhood expectations for a career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - William Norman details his father's carpentry skills
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - William Norman recollects the different disciplinary methods employed by his mother and father and the balance of power in their relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - William Norman recalls attending both of his parents churches as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - William Norman describes his father's church as the focal point of his rural community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - William Norman recalls experiences at his segregated junior high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - William Norman continues discussing a tenuous relationship with a mentor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - William Norman talks about the traits of individuals who he looked up to in junior high
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - William Norman recounts his high school experience and his preparation for college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - William Norman relates the way he selected the college that he attended
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - William Norman talks about campus life at West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - William Norman describes his notion of a career path following his college degree in chemistry and math
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - William Norman describes the pivotal shift in career plans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - William Norman decides to quit teaching and join the Navy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - William Norman recounts his experiences with racism in the Navy during the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - William Norman details his experiences as a White House Aide
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - William Norman talks about being profiled in a book on military racism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - William Norman describes his experience as a Naval officer in Viet Nam
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - William Norman explains his affiliation with Cummins Engine Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - William Norman discusses his Congressianal testimony on race problems in the Navy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - William Norman is surprised bythe corporate diversity at Cummins Engine Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - William Norman recalls his 14 year tenure at Amtrak
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - William Norman excels while at Amtrak
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - William Norman describes his transition from Amtrak to the Travel Industry Association of America in 1994
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - William Norman describes the devistating impact of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - William Norman details travel industry recovery plan after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - William Norman details tourism industry challenges since 9/11
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - William Norman addresses the safety of United States travel
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - William Norman shares his formula for success
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - William Norman finds great value in a Naval career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - William Norman disdains the value systems of young black men
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - William Norman repsonds to a question about what Irving Klein would think of his success
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - William Norman shares his delight in being a HistoryMaker