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Corbett, Frank J.


Biographical Note

Frank J. Corbett was a professor and administrator in the School of Social Work and the Office of Urban Affairs. He was heavily involved in several different community based organizations, and was a member of several panels were created to address minority issues and concerns in education, labor relations, and government.

Frank J. Corbett's education included a Bachelor of Arts from Johnson C. Smith University in 1940 and a Master of Arts degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, Illinois in 1948. His work history includes the U.S. Army from 1941-1946 where he attained the rank of Captain, and from 1948-1950 he was the Director of the Randall House in Chicago.

Corbett was the Community Organization Secretary for the Urban League of Flint, Michigan; from 1957-1962 He served as the Executive Director of the Intergroup Council of Bridgeport Connecticut. From 1962-1968 Corbett worked at Community Progress Inc. in New Haven, Connecticut as an area coordinator and later as an Associate Director.

In 1968 he accepted a position as a faculty member at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the School of Social Work. Corbett was a faculty member until 1988 and in his time at UB, served as Director of the Office of Urban Affairs from 1970-1986, Director of the MS degree program in Applied Public Affairs from 1977-1987, and Director of the University at Buffalo Institute for CBO Education and Training from 1982-1986.

During Corbett's time as a faculty member of UB he received several honors from the school and other organizations including: the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service, 1980; the University of Buffalo Foundations’ Outstanding Professional Service Award, 1979; the Outstanding Academic Service Award of the Office of Minority Student Affairs, 1975; and the Buffalo Urban League's Evans-Young Distinguished Humanitarian Award, 1992.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Frank J. Corbett Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 48-F-1354
Abstract The Frank J. Corbett Papers, 1948-1997 include materials relating to the Office of Urban Affairs, Program in Applied Affairs, School of Social Work, and Niagara Frontier Association for Sickle Cell Diseases, African-American Family Gathering Program, and other community based organizations both at the University at Buffalo and in the Buffalo area. The collection includes correspondence, promotional materials, mailings, memos, student papers, course materials, grant applications, program...
Dates: 1948-1997; Majority of material found within 1970-1989