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Interview with Thomas Stovall


1977 OH 012




Mr. Thomas Stovall served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at EKU from 1966-72.


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Smith, David


Nashville, TN

Time Summary:

0-4 Introduction
5-20 First recollection of Martin; reasons for leaving University of South Florida to become Vice-President for Academic Affairs
21-32 Impressions of Eastern when Stovall arrived
32-45 Martin's philosophy of education
45-65 How Martin envisioned Eastern's role as a regional university in development of higher education in Kentucky
65-127 Martin's administration of Eastern; need for more genuine consultation with faculty and students
127-168 Martin's attitude toward student protests; regional universities and student protests
169-212 Martin's relationship with the council on public higher education; Martin's strong beliefe in university autonomy
212-262 Martin's relationship with other university presidents characterized as friendly rivalry; some jealousy developed among regional institutions and UK; need for some degree of central coordination
262-288 Martin's involvement in Kentucky politics
288-329 Stovall's working relationship with Martin
330-344 Martin's expertise in fiscal affairs
344-367 Stovall's role in developing new academic programs
368-389 Characterization of Martin's personality
389-400 Martin's involvement with Kentucky Education Association
400-421 Anecdote concerning Martin
422-503 Reasons for leaving Eastern
503-528 Martin's contributions to education
528 End of interview