Dr. Benjamin Foster, Jr., is an educational consultant and distinguished practitioner of public school administration and human services management. Foster has served as an administrator of several comprehensive and technical high schools and district office programs, including Community School District #5 Harlem, New York, and the Consolidated School District of New Britain, Conn., where he served as coordinator for adult literacy and social studies.
While serving as director of E.C. Goodwin Technical School, Foster spearheaded the Connecticut General Assembly’s appropriation of $56 million to remodel and upgrade the facility. In addition, he served as principal planning analyst for human services, Connecticut State Office of Policy and Management; assistant chief, staff development, Connecticut Department of Social Services; and supervisor for employment compliance, City of Hartford Human Relations Commission. He has also served as a lecturer at several colleges.
Foster is the author of When the People Speak: Selected Words on Life in the African American Experience, in which he compiles the thoughts of past and present contributors, and Looking For Pay-off: A New Schooling for African American Inner-City Youth, in which the dropout problem is explored. He has published several articles on the social condition of African Americans including the highly cited “The Case for Vouchers,” which appeared in the Black Scholar. He currently serves as chairman, Education Committee, Connecticut State Conference N.A.A.C.P. branches.
Foster is the recipient of several civic and professional awards and fellowships including: National Urban Fellow; Institute for Education Leadership Education Public Policy Program; Education Finance Fellow, Harvard Center for the Study of Public Policy; The Environment and Behavior Research Center, University of Massachusetts/Amherst; Administrator of the Year, Consolidated School District of New Britain; Trinity College Alumni of the Year; and Omega Psi Phi Inc., District Man of the Year. He has received service citations from the New York African Studies Association; Greater Hartford N.A.A.C.P.; Urban League of Greater Hartford; New Britain N.A.A.C.P.; Hartford Chapter, National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women; and Greater Hartford Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Black Men Recognition Award.