About Maudelle Bousfield

"Everyone has some gift, some one thing he can do better than anything else, whether it is teaching, dancing, dramatics, cooking, or some other skill. Find that one thing and give of it to humanity if you want a well-rounded happy life." ~ Maudelle Tanner Brown Bousfield

Bousfield Hall, which opened fall 2013, is named to commemorate Maudelle Tanner Brown Bousfield. Ms. Bousfield was the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1903 to 1905 she was the only black woman on campus and graduated with honors in 1906. 

Maudelle Tanner Brown Bousfield She taught mathematics at a number of high schools in Baltimore, East St. Louis, and Chicago. Ms. Bousfield was the first black dean of girls at the Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago and went on to become the first black public school principal in Chicago in 1927. She received her master’s degree in education from the University of Chicago. She served as the sixth national president of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority from 1929-1931.

Upon retirement, she lectured at Fisk University and worked for the United Negro College Fund. Maudelle Tanner Brown Bousfield stands first in many distinguished categories as both a student and educator, and the naming of this residence hall recognizes her accomplishments and will stand as an inspiration for students.