UW Professor Emeritus of Marketing Thaddeus Spratlen, founding faculty director of the Business & Economic Development Center (BEDC), discusses how he witnessed segregation change in higher education during the 1960s, how he became one of the first African American professors to teach and publish at a mainstream (non-historically black) US university—plus how the UW Foster School of Business BEDC began.
Professor Spratlen and his wife Professor Lois Price Spratlen have given $1 million to the UW and BEDC over their lifetime, ensuring the BEDC will continue for generations to come as one of only a few centers at top public business schools in the country devoted to minority business economic develoment.
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