ERIC Number: ED360227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Vision and the Black Community College President. Revised.
Bowen, Raymond C.
In this speech the black president of an urban community college discusses how his experiences as an African American has affected his performance as the leader of his school. He suggests that people from the ghettos tend more naturally to develop genuine understanding of fairness, that African Americans bring a vision of leadership that stresses inclusiveness, and strive for greater cultural and ethnic balance. As a result of these tendencies, La Guardia Community College (New York) has a cooperative education program, and the teaching of basic skills is an integral part of the curriculum. If schools are to succeed in educating minority youngsters who lack both home and community support, educators must fill that void through active involvement and sensitivity in revitalizing the curriculum. A nurturing climate must be established. Presidential leadership is pivotal to the life of any institution of higher learning. Because a person brings to a leadership role the sum total of his unique experiences, being black is inextricably linked to the way an individual operates as president. The richness of a multicultural environment, understanding the importance of economic development, and the necessity of learning basic skills after high school are experiences that benefit a leader of a community college. The critical points and importance of the black experience as race relations changed throughout the 20th century are discussed. The struggle of blacks to gain empowerment played a role in the development of this college administrator as a man and a president. (DK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: La Guardia Community Coll., Long Island City, NY.