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Clarence Armbrister | A Nurturing Place - Ep. 94

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Clarence ‘Clay’ Armbrister is president of Johnson C. Smith University, a historically black university in Charlotte, North Carolina. He assumed the role in January 2018. President Armbrister has over 35 years experience in the private and public sectors, including time in senior administrative and leadership positions at Temple University, Johns Hopkins University, the School District of Philadelphia and Girard College. In addition to his background in education, Armbrister has held executive positions in law, government and finance. His volunteer and public service recognition is extensive and varied. He earned a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law.

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in historically black colleges and universities, public service, and the value of relationships.

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Clarence describes Johnson C. Smith University and the population of students it serves.
  • He notes the strengths of the university and what it could do better.
  • He discusses what is it that he wants to ‘radicalize’ on campus and his areas of strategic focus as president of the university.
  • He addresses the financial health of the university and an unexpected challenge that came up on campus.
  • Clarence answers why it would be a good investment to contribute to the university.
  • He makes a case for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) ‘having a place’ in the 21st century.
  • He addresses the graduation rates of HBCUs and whether the preparedness of students is different than in previous generations.
  • He identifies what is top of mind for his students.
  • Clarence notes what he would spend money on if he had a blank check but was limited to addressing one concern at the university.
  • He reflects on his childhood growing up in Opa-locka in Miami in the 1960s.
  • He tells a story about his grandfather who was a Baptist minister and disciple of Marcus Garvey who was beaten in 1921.
  • He explains why the story of his grandfather was meaningful to him and contributed to him having a certain race consciousness.
  • Clarence talks about his time as a student at the University of Pennsylvania and why he chose to later study law.
  • He answers what drew him to leadership roles in city governance and education.
  • He shares what brings him the most joy and what he values most.

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Apr 26 2019 · 59mins