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Bruce Scott Gordon (born February 15, 1946) is an African American business executive who spent most of his career with Verizon and currently serves as a corporate director of CBS. He was selected in June 2005 to head the NAACP, a major American civil rights organization. [1] Gordon served in that position until March 2007. February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... This article or section should include material from Bell Atlantic This article or section should include material from GTE Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is a local exchange telephone company formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic, a former Bell Operating Company, and GTE, which was the largest independant local exchange... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is one of the oldest and most influential hate organizations in the United States. ... Civil rights or positive rights are those legal rights retained by citizens and protected by the government. ...


Career

Born in Camden, New Jersey, Gordon's parents were both active in the civil rights movement. A 1968 graduate of Gettysburg College, where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, and a 1988 Master's degree in Management (M.B.A.) graduate of the Sloan Fellows program of the MIT Sloan School of Management, Gordon's professional career began at Bell of Pennsylvania, where he rose in corporate management to become the Head of the Retail Markets Division of Verizon upon his retirement in December 2003. Other Verizon executives have credited him with helping to promote diversity and a corporate culture based on customer service at the telecom company. The City of Camden is the county seat of Camden County, New Jersey in the United States. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Gettysburg College is a private national four-year liberal arts college founded in 1832, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, adjacent to the famous battlefield. ... Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE or Teke, pronounced T-K-E or IPA , as in teak wood) is a college fraternity with chapters in the USA, and Canada, and affiliation with a German fraternity system known as the Corps of the Weinheimer Senioren Convent (WSC). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The MIT Sloan School of Management is one of the five schools of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. It is one of the worlds leading business schools, conducting research and teaching in finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, strategic management, economics, organizational behavior, operations management, supply chain... The Sloan Fellows program is a mid-career masters degree in general management supported by the Alfred Sloan Foundation. ... The MIT Sloan School of Management is one of the five schools of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. It is one of the worlds leading business schools, conducting research and teaching in finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, strategic management, economics, organizational behavior, operations management, supply chain... The Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania, or Bell of Pennsylvania, is the former name of the Bell Operating Company serving Pennsylvania. ... This article or section should include material from Bell Atlantic This article or section should include material from GTE Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is a local exchange telephone company formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic, a former Bell Operating Company, and GTE, which was the largest independant local exchange...


Among other professional activities, Gordon sits on the boards of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Office Depot, and Tyco International. Black Enterprise magazine named him executive of the year in 1998; Fortune magazine named him one of its 50 most powerful black executives in 2002. Alvin Ailey, Jr. ... Office Depot (NYSE: ODP) is one of the worlds leading suppliers of office products and services. ... Tyco International Ltd. ... Black Enterprise is a nationally circulated American magazine targeted towards African-American professionals and entrepreneurs in all fields. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Fortune magazine is Americas second longest-running business magazine after Forbes magazine. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


NAACP

Gordon's selection as NAACP president on 25 June 2005 was widely regarded as unusual -- most of the organization's past presidents have been prominent figures in politics, religion, or the civil rights movement before holding the office. The only candidate seriously considered by the organization's board, he was approved by a unanimous vote and was confirmed at the July 2005 NAACP convention. He succeeded Kweisi Mfume, who resigned his post as NAACP president in late 2004. June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mfume delivering a speech at NOAA during Black History Month, 2005 Kweisi Mfume (born Frizzell Gerald Gray, October 24, 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland) is the former President/CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as a five-term Democratic Congressman from Marylands... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


President George W. Bush made his first appearance at the NAACP on July 20, 2006, half-way through his second term. [2] After having snubbed the organization for most of his presidency, it was Gordon's "moderate" political views that led Bush to acquiesce to the appearance, according to White House spokesman Tony Snow. Most of this article is about heads of state. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... July 20 is the 201st day (202nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 164 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... For other uses, see White House (disambiguation). ... Robert Anthony Tony Snow, (born June 1, 1955) is the current White House Press Secretary for George W. Bush. ...


Citing strain with the board, Gordon resigned in March 2007. He stated "I did not step into the role to be a caretaker, to be dictated to," Gordon said. "I stepped into the role to understand as best I could the needs of the African American community and then to propose strategies and policies and programs and practices that could improve conditions for African Americans…. The things I had in mind were not consistent with what some — unfortunately, too many — on the board had in mind." [3]


References

  1. ^ Texeira, Erin (June 25, 2005). NAACP board names Bruce Gordon president.
  2. ^ President Bush Addresses NAACP Annual Convention
  3. ^ Associated Press (March 4, 2007). Bruce Gordon Resigns as N.A.A.C.P. President. New York Times

 
 

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