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Walter Broadnax

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.

Accession Number

A2005.203

Sex

Male

Interview Date

8/24/2005

8/26/2005

Last Name

Broadnax

Maker Category
Middle Name

D

Organizations
Schools

Hoisington High School

Roosevelt Elementary School

Washburn University

University of Kansas

Syracuse University

Speakers Bureau

Yes

Speakers Bureau Availability

Evenings, Weekends

First Name

Walter

Birth City, State, Country

Starr City

HM ID

BRO30

Speakers Bureau Preferred Audience

All

Speakers Bureau Honorarium

Yes - $1,000 - $5,000

Favorite Season

Spring

Speaker Bureau Notes

Preferred Audience: All

State

Arkansas

Favorite Vacation Destination

Home

Favorite Quote

Let's See If We Can Understand This.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Interview Description
Birth Date

10/21/1944

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Syracuse

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Rice

Short Description

Public policy professor Walter Broadnax (1944 - ) is the president of Clark Atlanta University, and has held appointments as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and as Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer for the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Employment

New York State Department of Correctional Services

Syracuse University

Joint International City Management Association/National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, Urban Management Education Program, Department of Housing and Urban Development

State of Kansas

Washburn University

United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare

John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

President-Elect Bill Clinton Administration

US Department of Health and Human Services

New York Civil Service Commission

University of Rochester

Center for Governmental Research

University of Maryland

American University

Clark Atlanta University

Harvard South Africa Program

Favorite Color

Blue

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DAStories

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

DASession

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DATape

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DAStory

6$5

DATitle
Walter Broadnax recalls directing Upward Bound at Washburn University
Walter Broadnax recalls his reception as a lecturer at Harvard University
Transcript
Then they, the, the university had an Upward Bound program and the dean of the school of education at Washburn [Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas], my alma mater, asked me would I like to come and be director of Upward Bound. Mr. Bibb [James W. Bibb] told me don't do it. I mean, you're on your way to a great career in state finance, you could be assistant director of budget someday. He didn't say director, but you could maybe be assistant director. And I think that was kind of his dream that this young black guy that he liked so much who he'd developed and when his old assistant director retired I would have the experience and so forth to take over and I thought of that in retrospect. I didn't think about it when he was telling me to stay. But, to run this Upward Bound program at the university was so attractive to me, 'cause it was to get minority kids who looked like me into college and that just turned me on.$$So did you take it?$$I took it.$$Okay, now this is 19--.$$Seventy [1970].$$Nineteen seventy [1970] okay.$$I went back to Washburn to direct the Upward Bound program, and it was a great time. I learned all kinds, I mean, I learned more than I contributed. I learned about management. I hadn't managed anybody and all of a sudden I got this program and I've got a hundred kids in the summertime in sixty-five during the academic year that are in these high schools and you got these tutorial programs you gotta set up and I'm trying to keep kids out of jail and get 'em out of jail, get 'em through to the juvenile court and get 'em into universities and colleges around the country. It was an exciting time, but it just wore, it wears you out too. It's a young man's job 'cause it's 24/7, and those kids run you ragged. And so beginning my second year I said, you know, I, I don't wanna make this my life and I'm not having any home life and I'm a young man and to be in a university, I need a Ph.D., that if like this kind of life, I gotta get a Ph.D. So, I started again seeing where could I go to graduate school.$--You were the founding director of the--$$Right. The innovations--$$--Innovations in State and Local Government program.$$Right and I was a lecturer in public policy, so I taught and ran this program. So, to be in the well teaching at the Kennedy School [John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Massachusetts] there were days when I would have these flashes of what you and I have been talking about that I was this kid from South Central Kansas who, you know, didn't even have a serious date in high school and now I'm teaching the best and brightest. And of course when the, you know, when black folks came through the program, I mean, it was just--these were love ends, right. These are folks, black people were coming to Harvard [Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts] who probably would have never paid me any attention if they'd met me somewhere else. But, meeting me there, I mean, you just embraced each other. I mean I knew that every black student almost that saw me was gonna come to my office within the next week. So, if I met some kid in the hallway on Monday I knew by Friday they were gonna be in my office and so it just changed. So almost every black person that came there you really got to know them and there were a few in every famous black, like Jesse Jackson [HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse L. Jackson]. When Jesse Jackson came, I got a chance to meet Jesse, be with him in a room, talk to him, and he treated me like we were old friends. But, it was, it was the context. If I'd met him in Atlanta [Georgia], he'd been nice and cordial, but we would have been, I wouldn't have been treated like old friends, but in Cambridge [Massachusetts], "Brother Broadnax [HistoryMaker Walter Broadnax] I'm glad to see you here. How are things going? How they treating you here?" And of course this gives you cache, but also makes the point and does, you, you really bond with those folks that are coming. So, it was a great experience, but it put me on another track and positioned me to get invited to join the Clinton [President William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton] administration.