W. Tinsley Ellis


Dr. Julian Pleasants



Download Transcript (608 KB)

Download DVD of Interview (2484.4 MB)

Date of Interview



Oatmeal Club, Robert E. Ferris, James Farquhar, Warren Winstead, Robert C. Ellis, Robert O. Barber, Henry Kinney, Henry Perry, Unisys Corporation, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Myron Ashmore, Charles Forman, William Mather, L.C. Judd, South Florida Educational Corporate, SFEC, Nova University of Advanced Technology, Forman Field, A. L. Mailman, fundraising, Bailey Foundation, Grand Oaks Country Club, Rolling Hills Country Club, Caddy Shack, Abraham S. Fischler, higher education, university, Ford Foundation, SACS, Lewis Parker, Rosenthal, Ferguson Peters, Perry Dairy, Alexander Schure, New York Institute of Technology, accreditation, College of Education, College of Law, Oceanography college, Leo Goodwin, Geico Insurance, Shephard Broad, Alphonse Delladonna, Ray Ferrero, August Paoli, Baudhuin Oral School, distance learning, Leroy Booth, Shirley Chisholm, Marilyn Segal, NSU University School, sports, Alvin Sherman Library, joint-use library, William Horvitz, Stephen Feldman, Alvin Sherman, fundraising,

Interviewee(s) Bio

W. Tinsley Ellis was born in Fort Lauderdale, FL in 1933. He grew up in Hollywood, FL where his father was the City Attorney. He did his undergraduate degree at Emory University, a law degree at Emory and a Master's in Taxation at New York University. He was the last member to join the "Oatmeal Club", a group of local businessmen who frequently met for breakfast in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. They had a dream to create an educational experience that started from preschool age and continued to the graduate level and beyond. Tinsley Ellis helped to found the The Center for the Study of Law - now known as the Shepard Broad College of Law. He was the Chairman for the Board of Governors of the college.


This series of interviews was conducted by Dr. Julian Pleasants during the period of 2009-2012 for research in compiling the 50th Anniversary book, The Making of Nova Southeastern University: A Tradition of Innovation, 1964-2014. To read more about the completed book, click here.

Archives Location

NSU Archives, Row B, 5, 6.

Format Type


Length of Audio/Video


File Size

2.42 GB

Number of Copies


Date Digitized



These oral histories express the personal views, memories, and opinions of the interviewee. They do not represent the policy, views, or official history of Nova Southeastern University.


Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce these oral histories must be obtained in writing from the Nova Southeastern University Archives. No use (beyond limited quotation) should be made of the transcripts of these interviews without authorization.

Interview with W. Tinsley Ellis, Board of Trustees member