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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Academic Administrator
Educator
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Grits, Bacon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Everybody knows something and nobody knows everything.

Birthplace

Born:
9/29/1942
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Academic Administrator
Educator
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Grits, Bacon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Everybody knows something and nobody knows everything.

Birthplace

Born:
9/29/1942
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Educator and nonprofit executive Badi Foster was born on September 29, 1942, in Chicago, to Ruth and William Foster. Raised as a B’hai, Foster spent his childhood in Africa and graduated from the American School of Tangier in Morocco in 1960. He returned to the United States to attend the University of Denver, earning a B.A. in international relations with a concentration in African studies. At Princeton University, Foster received an M.A. in 1967 and a Ph.D. in 1974 in political science. While doing doctoral research as a Fulbright scholar on the impact of urbanization on Africa, he held various positions as an educator and lecturer at Princeton, Rutgers University and the University of Massachusetts.

From 1973 until 1982, Foster served in a number of positions at Harvard University, including director of the Field Experience Program in the Graduate School of Education, chairman of the Hispanic Study Group, assistant director of the Kennedy Institute of Politics, visiting professor of African American studies and lecturer in Education.

From 1982 to 1993, Foster worked for Aetna Life and Casualty, where he founded and served as president of Aetna’s Institute for Corporate Education. Between 1993 and 1994, Foster worked as the vice president of human resources for University Hospitals of Cleveland and University Health System. Foster also served on the Governor’s Human Resource Investment Council of Ohio before founding his own company, Transport America, where from 1994 to 1997 he served as president and CEO.

From 1998 until 2000, Foster served as the director of the Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University, where he also taught classes on leadership. In November 2000, Foster was appointed president and CEO of the Phelps-Stokes Fund, the oldest continuously operating foundation serving the educational needs of African Americans, Native Americans, Africans, and the rural and urban poor.

Foster been recognized for his academic and professional achievements and for his community service. An active consultant and board member of many organizations and businesses, Foster has published numerous papers, articles, and books on politics and cultural affairs.

He married Juanita Foster in 1965. They have two sons, Nabil and Qasim.

Foster passed away on January 31, 2019.

Selected Bibliography
Foster, Badi G. The Moroccan Power Structure as Seen from Below: Political Participation in a Casablanca Shantytown. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms, 1974, 1977.

———. "Patterns of Human Encounter in Moroccan Bidonvilles." In Shelter in Africa, ed. Paul Oliver. New York: Praeger, 1971.

Dixon, Vernon J., and Badi G. Foster, eds. Beyond Black or White: An Alternate America. Boston: Little, Brown, 1971.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Badi Foster recalls his school life in Tangier, Morocco and Chicago, Illinois
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Badi Foster recounts his decision to attend the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Badi Foster links the struggles of Arabs in Morocco and African Americans
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Badi Foster recalls his teenage years in Morocco
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Badi Foster reflects on the influence of the intellectual Buckingham family with whom he boarded as a teen in Morocco
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Badi Foster recalls questions of identity from his college years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Badi Foster explains his decision to attend graduate school and stay out of Vietnam
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Badi Foster recounts his participation in university politics during the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Badi Foster details his anger at King's assassination and struggles for African American Studies programs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Badi Foster reviews his career and family life during the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Badi Foster discusses the death of his son
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Badi Foster recounts his consultancy with Aetna Life and Casualty, Co.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Badi Foster recalls his career opportunities during the 1990s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Badi Foster details the struggle for an African American Studies department at Princeton University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Badi Foster recounts his consultancy at Harvard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Badi Foster describes his community development efforts in Chicago, Illinois with Transport America
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Badi Foster discusses his work with the Phelp Stokes Fund
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Badi Foster reflects on current U.S.-Arab relations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Badi Foster reflects on his life