Julianne Malveaux

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Julianne Malveaux

As the 15th President of Bennett College, Dr. Julianne Malveaux has been the architect of exciting and innovative transformation at America’s oldest historically Black college for women. Under her leadership, the administration has identified four key focus areas: women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, excellence in communications, and global awareness. In the four short years of her presidency, Bennett College has successfully received a 10-year reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, markedly improved existing facilities, embarked on a $21 million capital-improvements program—which marked the first major campus construction in more than 25 years—and in fall 2009 enjoyed an historic enrollment high.  Moreover, the campus is alive and invigorated with a new sense of purpose and passion, as the BennettCollegecommunity embraces its commitment to create an oasis where women are educated, celebrated, and transformed into 21st-century leaders and global thinkers.

Dr. Malveaux has long been recognized for her progressive and insightful observations. She is a labor economist, noted author, and colorful commentator. Julianne Malveauxhas been described by Dr. Cornel West as “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country.” Her contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their economic impacts are shaping public opinion in 21st-centuryAmerica.

Dr. Malveaux’s popular writing has appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence, and the Progressive. Her weekly columns appeared for more than a decade (1990-2003) in newspapers across the country including the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer, New Orleans Tribune, Detroit Free Press, and San Francisco Examiner. She has hosted television and radio programs, and appeared widely as a commentator on networks including CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN, and others. Dr. Malveaux is an accomplished author and editor. Her latest publication is Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History.

Dr. Malveaux has been a contributor to academic life since receiving her Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1980. She has been on the faculty or visiting faculty of theNewSchoolfor Social Research,San FranciscoStateUniversity, theUniversityofCalifornia(Berkeley), the College of Notre Dame (San Mateo,California),MichiganStateUniversity, andHowardUniversity. She holds honorary degrees fromSojournerDouglasCollege(Baltimore,Maryland),MarygroveCollege(Detroit,Michigan), the University of theDistrict of Columbia, andBenedictCollege(Columbia,South Carolina). She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics atBostonCollege.

A native San Franciscan, she is the Founder and Thought Leader of Last Word Productions, Inc., a multimedia production company headquartered inWashington,D.C.


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