“Documenting the Perspectives of Past HBCU Presidents: An Oral History Project ” provides reflections of former presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, giving insight into their leadership philosophies, the challenges they faced, and the contributions they made. In roundtable discussions and individual interviews the presidents converse about issues of American higher education within the context of the HBCU experience and the unique educational value HBCUs provide. Discussion topics include qualities of leadership, mentors and role models, institutional mission, accreditation, governance, finance, fundraising, financial aid, entrepreneurship, and issues of gender, race, and national educational policies. With candor and humor the presidents discuss HBCUs through the lens of their experiences at the institutions they served and they address the proverbial question, “Why do we still need HBCUs.” The accompanying monograph, The Politics of Success: An HBCU Leadership Paradigm provides an overview of the development of HBCUs since their inception in the 1860s and the challenges the leaders of these institutions have overcome to succeed-against-the-odds. This oral history project was conducted by the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, in collaboration with the Council on Past HBCU Presidents, and funded through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Presidents of historically black colleges and universities 1837-2013, - -

Monographs

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The Politics of success: an HBCU leadership paradigm, Barbara R. Hatton

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Dr. Barbara R. Hatton (interviewed by Loretta Parham) provides perspectives on presidential leadership at HBCUs, Barbara R. Hatton and Loretta Parham

Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole (interviewed by Loretta Parham) provides perspectives on presidential leadership at HBCUs, Johnnetta B. Cole and Loretta Parham

Dr. Joseph B. Johnson (interviewed by Loretta Parham) provides perspectives on presidential leadership at HBCUs, Joseph B. Johnson and Loretta Parham

Dr. Robert L. Albright (interviewed by Dr. Barbara R. Hatton) provides perspectives on presidential leadership at HBCUs, Robert L. Albright and Barbara R. Hatton

Dr. Robert M. Franklin Jr. (interviewed by Loretta Parham) provides perspectives on presidential leadership at HBCUs, Robert M. Franklin Jr. and Loretta Parham

Dr. Robert Threatt (interviewed by Loretta Parham) provides perspectives on presidential leadership at HBCUs, Robert Threatt and Loretta Parham

Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook (interviewed by Dr. Barbara R. Hatton) provides perspectives on presidential leadership at HBCUs, Samuel DuBois Cook and Barbara R. Hatton

Dr. Thomas W. Cole Jr. (interviewed by Loretta Parham) provides perspectives on presidential leadership at HBCUs, Thomas W. Cole Jr. and Loretta Parham

Dr. W. Clyde Williams (interviewed by Dr. Barbara R. Hatton) provides perspectives on presidental leadership at HBCUs, Barbara R. Hatton and W. Clyde Williams

Perspectives on presidential leadership with past HBCU presidents from private HBCUs (Roundtable II), Samuel DuBois Cook, Barbara R. Hatton, Wiley A. Perdue, Charles E. Taylor, Robert Threatt, and W. Clyde Williams

Perspectives on presidential leadership with past HBCU presidents from private HBCUs (Roundtable III), Johnnetta B. Cole, Thomas W. Cole Jr., Barbara R. Hatton, Nathaniel R. Jackson, Joseph B. Johnson, Burnett Joiner, Samuel D. Jolley Jr., and Samuel J. Tucker

Perspectives on presidential leadership with past HBCU presidents from public state-supported HBCUs (Roundtable I), Wiley S. Bolden, Carlton E. Brown, Barbara R. Hatton, Joseph B. Johnson, and Herman B. Smith Jr.

Why do we need HBCUs?, Carlton E. Brown, Johnnetta B. Cole, Samuel DuBois Cook, Barbara R. Hatton, Joseph B. Johnson, and Wiley A. Perdue

Why do we need HBCUs and qualities for successful leadership: Perspectives from past HBCU presidents, Wiley S. Bolden, Carlton E. Brown, Johnnetta B. Cole, Thomas W. Cole Jr, Samuel DuBois Cook, Barbara R. Hatton, Nathaniel R. Jackson, Joseph B. Johnson, Burnett Joiner, Samuel D. Jolley Jr., Wiley A. Perdue, Herman B. Smith Jr., Charles E. Taylor, Samuel J. Tucker, W. Clyde Williams, and Robert Threatt