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Bond, James Arthur, Sr.

(born: 1892  -  died: 1957) In 1929, James A. Bond was the interim president of the Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institute [now Kentucky State University]. He had been a dean at the school, replacing President Green P. Russell when he resigned in 1929. Russell was indicted on three counts of defrauding the state; he had hired his wife and daughter as librarians for the school. The charges were later dismissed.

Bond served as the interim president until the end of the year when Rufus B. Atwood was named president. Bond left the Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institute and moved to Cincinnati, OH when he was named a Specialist in Education with the Bureau of Education in the U.S. Department of the Interior. His first duty was to assist in the survey of secondary education. While in Cincinnati, Bond earned his master's degree and wrote his thesis Negro Education in Kentucky in 1930 at the University of Cincinnati.

James A. Bond would become a dean at Bethune-Cookman College (now Bethune-Cookman University) in Florida, where he worked from 1935-1941. He temporarily left the school in 1935 to complete a semester of work on his doctorate at the University of Chicago, specializing in junior college curriculum. He published "Bethune-Cookman College: community service station," The Crisis, vol. 48, no. 3 (March 1941), pp. 81 & 94 [available online at Google Books].

While in Florida, the family lived at 625 Second Avenue in Daytona Beach, according to the 1941 Polk's Daytona Beach (Volusia County, Fla.) City Directory. While there, Bond also wrote "Freshman reading program in junior college," Community and Junior College Journal, vol. 11 (1941), p. 22.

James Arthur Bond, Sr. was born in Greenwood, TN and grew up in Williamsburg, KY. He was the son of Henry Bond and Anna Gibson Bond. In 1910 he was a teacher in Williamsburg [source: U.S. Federal Census], and in 1918 he was principal of the Colored High School in Middlesboro, KY [source: Bond's World War I draft registration card]. Bond was a government clerk in Chicago in 1920 [source: U.S. Federal Census]; the family of five lived on South Wabash Avenue there. He was the husband of Rosabelle [or Rosa Belle] Cleckley Bond, who was born in South Carolina.

For more see 50 Years of Segregation, by J. A. Hardin; "James A. Bond of Kentucky...," The Crisis, vol. 37, no.  2 (Feb. 1930), p. 60 [available online at Google Books]; and "Bethune-Cookman College dean leaves for Chicago," The Negro Star, 3/29/1935, p. 3.

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