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Presidential search near end at UDC

AU dean among three in running

(Published January 14, 2002)


Staff Writer

The nationwide search for the University of the District of Columbia’s next president has been narrowed to three men, and a final decision is expected soon to allow installation of new leadership at the city’s public university by summer.

Being considered for the post are

All three candidates toured UDC’s Connecticut Avenue NW campus on separate days Jan. 9-11 and met with the presidential search committee as well as faculty and student groups. University officials did not return calls for comment on the status of the presidential search.

Timothy L. Jenkins, a former member of the university’s Board of Trustees, has been serving as interim president since last July, when Julius F. Nimmons Jr. ended his five-year tenure as president. Jenkins was expected to serve as interim president for only six months, at an annual salary of $165,000, but his tenure was extended as the presidential search continued beyond original expectations.

UDC trustees hired the executive search firm of Korn/Ferry International to assist the 17-member presidential search committee of faculty, administrators, staff, students and trustees.

One source close to the selection process said fund-raising ability may be a primary consideration when UDC trustees select a new university president. The Common Denominator reported last July that UDC plans to soon launch its first major fund-raising effort and to create an ongoing coordinated fund-raising mechanism, similar to those of other universities, to move the institution toward economic self-sufficiency.

All three finalists have current or past affiliations with major corporate and business interests that might help them gain entrée for fund-raising purposes. All three also have political connections.

Johnson, before turning to a career in education, served as assistant counsel to the Council on Wage and Price Stability in the executive office of President Jimmy Carter after serving in a similar capacity for the House banking committee. A former deacon and trustee of Shiloh Baptist Church in the District, Johnson also is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

In Memphis, he has served on the board of directors of Universal Life Insurance Co., the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Club of Memphis, WKNO Public Broadcasting Companies and several other community organizations. He currently serves on the board of Amherst College, his alma mater, and of the United Negro College Fund and the Council of Independent Colleges.

Johnson received his master’s degree from Amherst in 1973 and his law degree from Columbia University in 1976. In addition to his tenure at Howard, Johnson taught constitutional and administrative law at George Mason University from 1981-88. Since 1996 he has been president of LeMoyne-Owen College, a historically black liberal arts college in Memphis.

Burse, like Johnson, has combined law and education in his career. A Rhodes Scholar in chemistry and a graduate of Harvard Law School, Burse returned to his native Kentucky to practice law and gained a seat on the Kentucky Council on Higher Education – a position that led to his appointment, at age 31, as president of Kentucky State University.

He served as KSU president from 1982-89, celebrating the university’s centennial year in 1986, and was credited with pulling the historically black school out of financial disarray, renovating its campus and upgrading its academic programs. In 1995 he became senior counsel for commercial law for General Electric Appliances in Louisville.

Burse has served on the board of the Harvard Alumni Association, the Louisville Branch of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank and the NCAA Council. He has chaired the NCAA Council Subcommittee on Minority Opportunities in Intercollegiate Athletics and the Kentucky Council on Higher Education. Burse also recently completed nearly 10 years service as a member of the Prospect (Ky.) City Council.

Broadnax, among the country’s leading scholar-practitioners of public policy and management, served as deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1993-96 in the Clinton administration. He has held numerous senior state and federal government positions throughout his career, including president of the New York State Civil Service Commission and principal deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Health , Education and Welfare in the Carter administration.

He has been affiliated with the Brookings Institution, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs. A fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, Broadnax currently serves as national vice president of the American Society for Public Administration and is a member of the U.S. comptroller general’s advisory board.

Broadnax has served on several corporate and nonprofit boards of directors, including CNA Corp., Keycorp Bank, Rochester (N.Y.) United Way and the Ford Foundation/Harvard University Innovations in State and Local Government Program. He received his doctorate from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he now serves on the board of trustees.

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