King Broadrick (1918-1981) | University of Illinois Archives

Name: King Broadrick (1918-1981)


Historical Note:

King Broadrick-Allen (1918-1981) became an instructor of speech and the Associate Director of Debate at the University of Illinois in 1948. He became an assistant professor in 1950, associate professor in 1959, and full professor in 1970. Broadrick-Allen served as the director of the University Honors Program and the Three-Year Baccalaureate Study (1972-1977), Assistant Dean and supervisor of the College Advising Program of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (both 1962-1970) and served on eighteen Ph.D. graduate committees and directed five doctoral dissertations. He was highly involved with the university’s honors program and was a member of the executive committee of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) starting in 1976, a member of the NCHC’s Committee on Gifted Children (1975-1976) and was president of Illinois (regional) Honors Council in 1977. Broadrick-Allen’s service to the university includes: chairman of the University Honors Council and ex officio member of all College Honors Committees (1972-1981); chairman of the Chancellor’s Committee for Off-Campus Awards and Scholarships (1969-1973); elected member of the Faculty-Student Senate (1971-1972, 1978-1981) and of the Senate Committee on Education Policy (1978-1981); parliamentarian of the Faculty-Student Senate (1970-1981), Faculty of College of LAS (1971-1975), and School of Social Sciences (1976-present); member of the Council on General Education for the College of LAS (1975-1976); member of the CRUEL Commission (Commission to Reform Undergraduate Education and Living) (1970-1972); member of the Ad Hoc Committee for development of Individual Plans of Study Program (1970-1971); member of the Chancellor’s Ad Hoc Committee for Development of Special Educational Opportunities Program (1968-1969); member of the University Committee for School and College Articulation (1964-1968); Chairman of Speech 101: Principles of Effective Speaking (1950-1962); and Associate Director of Forensics (1948-1950).

King Broadrick was born July 17, 1918, in Granite City, Oklahoma to Jack and Leona McKinney Broadrick. Broadrick received his bachelor’s in speech and English from Arizona State University (1940), his juris doctor degree (J.D). from the University of Virginia (1948), his M.A. in rhetoric and public address from the University of Illinois (1950), and his master of law degree (LL.M.) from Columbia University. Broadrick was director of debate at the University of Virginia from 1946-1948, before working at the University of Illinois. In 1975, King Broadrick married Sandra C. Allen. Broadrick had four children from another partner: Toby W. Broadrick, Karl W. Broadrick, Michael Broadrick, and Nicole Litchford. Broadrick-Allen’s public service activities include: parliamentarian for state and national conferences of American Speech and Hearing Association, Phi Delta Kappa, National Education Organization, and United Mine Workers of America; judge of the Illinois State High School Association Regional and State Competitions in Speech and Debate; chairman of the Citizens Education Commission in Champaign, Illinois; elected member of the Champaign Unit IV Board of Education; member of the University of Illinois YMCA Board of Directors; chairman of the University of Illinois YMCA-YWCA Faculty Forum Committee; chairman of the Champaign Democratic Party Organization; and elected Precinct Committeeman of the Democratic Party in the 14th and 25th Precincts of Champaign. Broadrick’s participation in continuing education includes teaching credit and non-credit adult education courses with the UIUC Division of Extension (1948-1977) for: the U.S. Steelworkers Summer Institutes, the Illinois Municipal Clerks Training Institutes, the Motorola Corporation, the Caterpillar Company, the U.S.I Chemical Corporation, Chanute Air Base, and more. He also participated in the National Workshop on Individualized Education in Minneapolis (1977) and the Institute for Administrative Advancement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1976).  King Broadrick-Allen died on May 24, 1981.




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