Massey, Walter Eugene (04/05/1938-)

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  • Committees/Roles: Chair, Compensation and Human Resources Committee; Chair, ad hoc Committee on Board of Regents Governance; Nominating Committee; Secretarial Search Committee of 2007
  • Occupation: University president, association executive, physicist
  • Number of Terms: 1
  • Biography: Walter E. Massey of Georgia was the ninth president of Morehouse College in Atlanta. He previously served as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs (the number two position) at the University of California; director of the National Science Foundation; president and chairman of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (12 years); vice president of the American Physical Society; vice president for research at the University of Chicago; director of the Argonne National Laboratory; and dean of the College and professor of physics at Brown University. A noted physicist and author, his research has focused on the study of quantum liquids and solids.


  • Massey, Walter Eugene
  • Board of Regents
  • Citizen Regent
  • Board of Regents Ad hoc committees
  • Board of Regents Committee on Compensation and Human Resources
  • Board of Regents Nominating Committee


Smithsonian Board of Regents

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115 Stat. 6 (2001), P.L. 107-4, H.J. Res. 19


American Men & Women of Science. A biographical directory of today's leaders in physical, biological, and related sciences. 12th edition. Physical & Biological Sciences. Seven volumes. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1971-1973; Blacks in Science and Medicine. By Vivian Ovelton Sammons. New York: Hemisphere Publishing, 1990; Who's Who among African Americans. Tenth edition, 1998/1999. Detroit: Gale Research, 1997; Who's Who in America. 43rd edition, 1984-1985. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1984; Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology. First edition, 1984-1985. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1984.

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Regent Tenure: 03/16/2001-2/2007


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  • Georgia
  • African Americans





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