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Norvel Smith: A Life in Education and Community Service

Smith, Norvel
Wilmot, Nadine
Norvel Smith: A Life in Education and Community Service
Dr. Norvel Smith lived through several seminal chapters in the City of Oakland's history. Graduating from Berkeley with an EdD in 1956, he was the first African American Vice Chancellor in the UC System, serving as Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs from 1973-1982. He was President of Merritt Community College for five years, from 1968-1973. From 1963 to 1968, he entered the area of community development, as Director of the Oakland Department of Human Resources and Deputy Director of the Western Region Office of Economic Opportunity. Dr. Smith was part of a group of African American men, with its beginnings in the East Bay Democratic Club, who were important actors in East Bay politics in the decades after World War II.
Subject area(s):
Education and University of California
Community and Identity
Interview date(s):
2002 2003
African American Faculty and Senior Staff
Oskicat record:
Smith, Norvel. "Norvel Smith: A Life in Education and Community Service." Interview by Nadine Wilmot in 2002 and 2003. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2004.