Alumni Weekend: The Bromery Years: UMass in the 1970s

Bill Bromery chats with students.
June 2, 2017
2:30 pm-3:45 pm

When Randolph W. Bromery joined the Geology faculty at UMass in 1967, he was only the sixth African-American faculty member at UMass.

After serving as vice chancellor for student affairs, Bromery was appointed chancellor of UMass Amherst in 1971 and was only the second African-American to lead a predominantly white campus.

Under his leadership, at a time of tremendous expansion and much tumult, the university became a much more diverse institution, both in its student body and in its faculty. Among his notable accomplishments, Bromery played key roles in initiating the Five College Consortium and securing a home for the archives of W.E.B. Du Bois and Horace Mann Bond, helping make the UMass library a repository for leading African American thought.

Presented by Rob Cox, head of Special Collections and University Archives.

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