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The African American Trail Project at Tufts University A Walking Tour

Harleston Hall

30 Lower Campus Road, Somerville, MA

When he joined the Tufts faculty in 1956 as a member of the psychology department, Dr. Harleston was the first African-American hired to a tenure-track position at Tufts. Dr. Bernard Harleston taught at Tufts for 25 years, achieving the rank of Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In 1998, he was awarded an honorary degree from Tufts, and then joined the Board of Trustees in 2002 as a charter member. From 1970 to 1980, he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Tufts. His career included provost of the country's oldest HBCU, Lincoln University, in 1968, and his transformational presidency of the City College of New York, which became the leading source of black and Hispanic engineers in the country during his tenure. From 1981 to 1992, Dr. Harleston served as the ninth (and first African-American) President of The City College of New York. Dr. Harleston was the chief architect of the Doctoral Program in Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he currently serves as Senior Associate at the New England Resource Center for Higher Education.

Dr. Harleston is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Frederick Douglass Medallion, the New York Urban League's highest award, and the Psychologist of the Year Award of the New York Society of Clinical Psychologists. He has consulted for the Ford Foundation, USAID, and the government of South Africa. Dr. Harleston is a former member of the Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Visiting Committees to the Department of Psychology and Social Relations at Harvard University and the University of Miami, and a former trustee of Lesley University. Dr. Harleston earned a B.A. from Howard University, a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and holds at least six honorary degrees.