Walter Broadnax

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Walter Doyce Broadnax
President of
Clark Atlanta University
In office
Distinguished Professor Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Assumed office
2008 (2008)
Personal details
Born (1944-10-21) October 21, 1944 (age 73)
Star City, Arkansas
Spouse(s) Angel Wheelock Broadnax
Alma mater Washburn University
University of Kansas
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Profession educator

Walter Doyce Broadnax (born October 21, 1944) is Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, appointed in the fall of 2008. Prior this appointment he served as president of Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia, retiring after six years in July 2008.


Born October 21, 1944, in Star City, Arkansas, to a railroad man named Walter Broadnax and mother 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, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C. Until 1979, he 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, he served on the Harvard South Africa Program team and as a transition team leader for President Bill 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 the School of Public Affairs at American University.

In 2002, Broadnax became president of Clark Atlanta University. Under his leadership, Clark Atlanta University became the second private historically Black College or university classified as a RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity) institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Howard University is a RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity).

Broadnax has served on Colin Powell's U.S. Secretary of State management advisory board, Comptroller General of the United States David Walker's Advisory Board and NASA's Return to Flight Task Force.

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