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2004-2005 Provost Lecture Series

Diversity Demands That We Care
Thursday, September 9, 2004
10:30am to 12:00pm
Hemisphere Room
5th Floor, Hale Library

Dr. Frank Hale, Jr.
Vice Provost and Professor Emeritus
The Ohio State University

Biographical sketch:
Frank W. Hale, Jr. is vice provost and professor emeritus at The Ohio State University where he served from 1971-1988. Prior to coming to The Ohio State University, Dr. Hale served as President of Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska where he earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in Communication, Political Science and English (1950-1951). He received his doctorate in communication and political science from The Ohio State University and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the University of London in 1960.

He holds a Doctor of Humanities (D. Hum.) from Wilberforce (Ohio) University, a Doctor of Humane letters (L.H.D.) from Shaw University (North Carolina), a Doctor of Humanities degree (D. Hum.) from Capital University (Ohio), and a Doctor of Humanities degree (D. Hum.) from the University of Nebraska.

Hale, who has served in the field of higher education for 50 years, has held full professorships at Central State University (Ohio), Oakwood College (Alabama) and The Ohio State University. At Ohio State, he served as associate dean and chairman of the fellowship committee of the graduate school, vice provost for minority affairs and assistant to the president. Currently he serves as distinguished university representative and consultant. Following Hale's retirement in 1988, he served as executive assistant to the President at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

Dr. Hale has authored and edited nine books and more than 50 articles in professional journals. He has lectured at more than 250 colleges and universities and at 50 state and national conferences. Hale has received hundreds of awards and citations including the Frederick Douglass Patterson Award, the United Negro College Fund's highest award and the Distinguished Service Award for Human Rights and Social Change from the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

As a scholar, researcher, author, teacher, administrator, consultant and civil rights crusader, Hale was the engineer of many new initiatives at The Ohio State University. He founded the Graduate and Professional Scholars Visitation Days Program and the Ohio State Mu Xi Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Mu Honorary society. Through his efforts, nearly $15 million in graduate fellowship awards were granted to approximately 1,200 minority students. Eighty percent of these fellowship recipients earned masters and/or doctoral degrees. During his tenure and leadership, Ohio State was cited as the number one producer of Black PhD's in the 1970's and 1980's. As a capstone to his illustrious career, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees voted him Vice Provost and Professor Emeritus, naming in his honor the Frank W. Hale, Jr., Black Cultural Center and designated the building in which it is housed as Hale Hall. An endowed scholarship has also been established in his name.

The presentation deals with ways and means of expanding opportunities for access and success in higher education, including stellar programs and models that have worked.