Dr. Charles C. Teamer, Sr.
Dr. Charles Teamer, distinguished business and civic leader, currently serves as Chairman of Dryades Savings Bank in New Orleans, Louisiana and Chairman, Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of New Orleans. In 1994, Dr. Teamer, a co-founder, was instrumental in the purchase and establishment of the bank. Since its inception, the bank has grown and expanded its base to serve the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area with four (4) locations and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Dr. Teamer is the Immediate Past Grand Sire (National President) of Sigma Pi Phi, the oldest African American fraternity founded in 1904. He was the 27th President of Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest undergraduate African American fraternity founded in 1906. Dr. Teamer is the only person to hold the top positions of the two oldest Black Fraternities. He is a 33rd Degree Prince Hall Mason and Shriner.
In 2001, under Dr. Teamer’s leadership, a partnership with significant minority investors opened The Cotton Exchange and Holiday Inn Express Hotel in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana. Recognized nationally as an expert in the field of higher education and financial management, Charles has over forty years of service as an Advisor/Consultant in higher education, with a sphere for institutions in financial distress.
Dr. Teamer has worked to design a strategy for the economic growth and development of the community by serving as a director on numerous boards including Entergy-New Orleans, Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, the World Trade Center, the Audubon Institute, the Audubon Zoo Commission, and Southern Education Foundation. Dr. Teamer is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Harrah’s New Orleans and The Just Willing Foundation. He has also served as Chairman of other boards including the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, the Metropolitan Area Committee, Greater New Orleans Foundation, the United Way and the World Trade Center. In 1983, Governor David Treen appointed him as the first African American to serve on the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans.
Dr. Teamer is well known for his achievement in the area of higher education. He was named the First Citizen of Learning for his outstanding work as an educator and university administrator by the University of New Orleans. Dr. Teamer has served as the Vice President of Fiscal Affairs at Dillard University and Clark Atlanta University. His work in the financing of higher education is recognized throughout the nation. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at Tulane University, the Business and Higher Education Council at the University of New Orleans, the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Church Administration and Management and the Board of Trustees of the Boulé Foundation.
On the national level, Dr. Teamer has served as a consultant to the United States Department of Education, the Board of Education of the United Methodist Church, the Ford Foundation and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Dr. Teamer has also served in a national capacity as a board member of the Common Fund National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers. He has also served as President of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers.
Dr. Teamer is the former Executive Director of the Amistad Research Center, Administrator for Flint-Goodrich Hospital, President of the World Trade Center, Board Director of First National Bank of Commerce, the Southern Education Foundation, Ochsner Medical Foundation, New Orleans Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Commission on Colleges of the Southern Associate of Colleges and Schools, The Common Fund, Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Teamer is listed as a Personality of the South, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the Southwest. Ebony Magazine cited him for five consecutive years as one of the One Hundred (100) Most Influential Blacks in the United States.
Dr. Teamer has donated much of his time to serving others. His volunteer efforts and civic leadership have been recognized through his receipt of numerous honors and awards including the Urban League of Greater New Orleans 2005 Achievement Award, Alpha Phi Alpha Award of Merit, the Torch of Leadership Award from the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, the Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award from the United Way and the Weiss Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews. In addition, Dr. Teamer has received the Silver Beaver Award for “distinguished service to scouting” from the New Orleans Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and the Whitney Young Award for Service to Urban and Rural Scouting. He was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Citizens in New Orleans, one of The Volunteer Activists in New Orleans and as a Role Model by the Young Leadership Council. Dr. Teamer is a Life member of the NAACP and recipient of its Outstanding Black Achievement Award.
Dr. Teamer is a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church and previously served as Treasurer of the Louisiana Annual Conference. Dr. Teamer is a native of Salisbury, North Carolina and was educated at Clark Atlanta University, University of Nebraska and Tulane University. He was married to the late Mary Dixon Teamer and they have three children, Charles Jr., Roderic Sr., and Cheryl. The Teamers have six grandchildren.