of African-American Affairs M. RICK TURNER
Aug. 13, 1940, Hartford, Conn.
B.S., Linfield (Ore.) College, 1963; M.S.W., University of Connecticut,
1968; Ph.D., Stanford University, 1978.
Previous position: Director, Tutorial Assistance Program,
University of California-Irvine, 1978-88. Appointed Dean of African-American
Affairs at U.Va. in October 1988.
Wife, Tamyra, teaches English literature at Piedmont Virginia
Community College. Their three children all attended Division
I colleges on basketball scholarships. Son Tarik, 25, graduated
from St. John's University and is employed by Bears Stearns, a
Wall Street financial advising firm. Daughter Mandisa, 23, recently
graduated from George Washington University with bachelor's and
master's degrees in engineering and works for Citibank in New
York City; she and Tarik live together in Brooklyn. Son Hajj,
21, is a senior at the University of Louisville, majoring in Pan-African
history, and has earned perfect 4.0 GPAs over the past four semesters.
Enjoys working out at the Aquatic & Fitness Center and practices
tae bo at home.
reading: The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks, by Randall
I did this summer: Turner and his former high school basketball
teammates held their first reunion in July, honoring their mentors
and inaugurating a new academic scholarship fund in their hometown
of Hartford, Conn. "This is real giving back," he said,
"probably one of the most gratifying things I could ever