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The Ohio State University Black Alumni Society

                    Leonard Haynes 
            Silver Springs, Maryland | PhD Educational Administration, 1975;                 DRH, Law, 1990

Many are measured by honors and accomplishments, but a select few are remembered for how they’ve impacted lives. Dr. Leonard L. Haynes III is in that rare company, having distinguished himself as an educator and public servant while benefitting his fellow man.

“Dr. Leonard L. Haynes III has made the lives of those he comes in contact with better, either through his expertise, leadership guidance or generosity,” wrote Cheryl Achterberg, dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology.

Dr. Haynes, currently the senior director for institutional service in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education, earned a BA in history from Southern University, an MA in American history from Carnegie-Mellon University and a PhD in higher education administration from Ohio State.

He has been a member of the faculties of Southern, Howard and George Washington universities and is recognized as an expert on desegregation of public higher education and how it impacts public Black colleges. He has served in administrative positions, including as acting president of Grambling State University and as executive vice president of the Southern University System.

President George H.W. Bush made Dr. Haynes the first African American nominated and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary of postsecondary education and director of academic programs for the United States Information Agency (now the State Department, Education and Cultural Affairs).

President George W. Bush made Dr. Haynes special assistant to the secretary of education in 2001. In 2003, he served as director for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) in the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education.

In 2007, Dr. Haynes was named executive director for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHI-HBCU), then director of institutional services for the Office of Postsecondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Haynes is the recipient of 13 honorary degrees, including an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Ohio State. In 2005, The John Glenn School of Public Service and Management (now, John Glenn College of Public Affairs) recognized him as the 16th recipient of its annual award for public service. He is listed in the 2011 publication, “From Excellence to Eminence: 100 Years of African America Achievement at The Ohio State University” and was inducted into the College of Education and Human Ecology Hall of Fame in 2012.

Hale Director Named as
University Distinguished Staff


Congratulations to Larry Williamson!!!!


After returning from a trip to the White House where President Obama welcomed The National Championship Buckeye football team, Larry Williamson, Jr., had another honor waiting for him: the 2015 Distinguished Staff Award.

Larry, who has been the Director of the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center for over 22 years, was named as one of only 12 Ohio State employees selected to receive the university’s Distinguished Staff Award. In addition to serving as director of the Hale Center, Larry also serves on the National Board of the Association for Black Cultural Centers, and coordinates numerous events with the Alumni Association, Student Life, Columbus State, Kings Arts Complex, the Urban League, United Way as well as many other community entities. Larry is also the advisor of three student groups: African American Voices; the Black Graduate and Professional Student Caucus (BGPSC); and Iota Phi Theta and serves on a number of university-wide committees. In addition to his work in Hale Hall, Larry is the curator of the Bricker Hall exhibits.

Larry is a staff member who clearly loves what he does and does it with passion and purpose, always operating with the Hale Center’s, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s, and our students’ best interest at heart. Throughout many years, Larry has brought quality, compassion, and dedication to his work. “Mr. Williamson places an emphasis on the well-being of each student and reminds us of the importance of our roles in continuing the legacy started by Dr. Frank Hale,” said Edwin Lee, the current student president of the BGPSC – and there are many more Buckeyes out there who would readily affirm this assessment.

Then, on Monday, May 4, 2015, Larry, along with the 11 other honorees, was presented his Distinguished Staff award by President Michael Drake and Provost Joseph Steinmetz.

Left to right: Larry Williamson, III; Larry Williamson, Jr.; vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion Valerie Lee; Pamela Burdette-Williamson


Congratulations, Larry, on this well-deserved honor.

The Distinguished Staff Award recognizes 12 staff members, who have had five years of continuous service, for exceptional accomplishments, leadership, and service to the university community by significantly improving or enhancing the quality of worklife in ways that make a substantial difference for their colleagues; contributing to outstanding and sustained improvements in customer services; and developing creative solutions to problems that result in significantly more effective and efficient university operations.

Archie Griffin is bidding a fond farewell
to his role as President and CEO
of The Ohio State University Alumni Association  

The Ohio State University Football Team is honored at the White House

President Barack Obama 
April 20, 2015




Welcome to The Ohio State University African American Alumni Society's website. It is our hope that you will join fellow African American alumni to show your support and commitment to current and future students. There are exciting changes happening within the university and it is important for us to support the school, our new president Dr. Michael Drake, and his administration.

As we usher in this new era at Ohio State we invite you to visit our member sign-up page and become a member of the Ohio State University African American Alumni Society so that you may receive updates and information on our events as well as keep up with other alumni living from coast to coast and beyond. 

Let us also thank Archie Griffin, President and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, for his continued support of the African American Alumni Society. We are excited about the future of our organization and our impact on the university.  We are proud alumni of one of the finest universities in the world. From the words of our beloved Carmen Ohio, “How firm thy friendship” O-H-I-O! Become a member and reconnect TODAY!

Vaughn Broadnax, President

The Ohio State University African American Alumni Society



OSUAAAS/UMBA Joint Tailgate

OSU African American Alumni and University of Maryland Black Alumni

Joint Tailgate
October 4, 2014

2014 Afrikan American Farewell Celebratiuon

HHRC Slideshow