A Mississippian has replaced another Mississippian as chairman of the board of Bank of America.
Dr. Walter E. Massey, 71, of Hattiesburg replaces Meridian native Kenneth D. Lewis, who remains at Bank of America as president and CEO. The board voted unanimously at its annual meeting yesterday for Lewis to continue in those two positions.
Massey’s career has been impressive. He gained early entry into Morehouse College in Atlanta, earning a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics in 1958. He received his master’s and doctorate in physics in 1966 from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
Massey’s research has involved the study of quantum liquids and solids. His written work has also addressed science and math education, the role of science in a democratic society and university-industry interactions and technology transfer in national and international settings.
Massey was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of California. In this position, the second-most senior position in the UC system, he was responsible for academic and research planning and policy, budget planning and allocations and programmatic oversight of the three national laboratories the university manages for the Department of Energy — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.
Massey has since held a range of administrative and academic positions. He is former director of the National Science Foundation, appointed by President George H.W. Bush. He also served as vice president for research and professor of physics at the University of Chicago, as director of the Argonne National Laboratory, dean of the college and professor of physics at Brown University and as assistant professor of physics at the University of Illinois.
Massey is president emeritus at Morehouse College. He served as president of Morehouse from August 1995-June 2007. He has been a director of the board since 1998 and is a member of the board’s Audit Committee.
He was a director of BankAmerica Corporation from 1993 to 1998, and currently also serves as a director of McDonald’s Corporation. He is also a former director of Delta Airlines, Motorola and BP, PLC.
Active with a range of organizations, Massey is a past chair of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board and was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. The recipient of more than 30 honorary degrees from institutions such as Yale University, Northwestern University, Amherst and the Ohio State University, Massey’s leadership in education includes his service as a member of the Gates Millennium Scholars Advisory Council and the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century.
He is a fellow and past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow and past vice president of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Massey and his wife, Shirley Anne, have two sons and three grandchildren.
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