Frederick D. Patterson, Leading by Precept and Example
Born in 1901, Frederick Douglass Patterson lived for over eight decades and had an expansive career in higher education. He served as president of Tuskegee Institute for 18 years and continued his commitment to expanding educational opportunities at the Phelps Stokes Fund—an organization assisting African, black, and American Indian students to acquire a college education—for another 17 years. After retiring, he established the Moton Institute, a technical assistance agency for black colleges and universities. At Tuskegee, Dr. Patterson was immediately plunged into the financial crises that are a daily part of the survival of black private colleges. In 1944, during his tenure at Tuskegee, he founded the United Negro College Fund, an organization that transformed the fund-raising ethos of private black colleges. Since UNCF’s inception, the organization’s joint campaign has raised over $1 billion and engraved the slogan, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” on the American consciousness.1
KeywordsBlack College College Fund Black Middle Class American Indian Student National Urban League
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