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Interview with James Sublett

Identifier:

1977 OH 020

Date:

8/9/1977

Description:

From 1950-53 Mr. James Sublett worked as Director of Instruction of Jefferson County Schools and from 1953-56 he was Assistant Superintendent of Jefferson County schools. In 1955 Mr Sublett was State Campaign Chairman for Robert R. Martin's race for Superintendent of Public Instruction. From 1956-58 he served as Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction and from 1958-70 he served as Executive Secretary of the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System. Since 1970 Mr. Sublett has been Executive Director of the Ohio Teachers Retirement System.

Rights:

Contact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.

Interviewer:

Smith, David

Location:

Columbus, OH

Time Summary:

0-3 Introduction
19-24 First recollections of Martin
24-30 Martin's involvement with Minimum Foundation Program; involvement probably greater than anyone else
31-43 Sublett's chairmanship of Martin's campaign for office of State Superindent of Public Instruction
43-54 Reasons why Martin ran for superintendency; altruistic nature of his character; excellent reception accorded his candidacy by educators in Kentucky
55-94 Martin's reorganization of Department of Education; Sublett became Assistant Superintendent; Sublett's responsibilities as Assistant Superintendent; successful reorganization of Department of Education; Sublett's recollections of Butler controversy
95-100 Sublett's opinion that Martin's chief accomplishment as Superintendent was his outstanding administration of the Department of Education
101-128 Major problem facing Kentucky education was money. In addition to foundation program, enactment of sales tax had greatest impact in improving Kentucky education. Martin's stance on desegregation; practical stance, neither a segregationist nor an integrationist
128-150 Martin's relationship with Happy Chandler. Martin worked well with Chandler-appointed State Board of Education
150-180 Martin's heavy involvement in politics; involvement primarily limited to state offices, controversy surrounding Martin's decision to act as chairman for Combs' Gubernatorial race in 1959, smartest move he ever made. Combs' favorable attitude towards education stemmed from relationship with Martin
180-237 Martin's close relationship with Combs, viewed things in the same way; Earle Clements-most maligned Governor that Kentucky had in recent history as far as education is concerned. Breathitt-enjoyed good relationship with Martin. Martin enjoyed good relationships with the Governors. Martin more successful than others in obtaining funds for Eastern. Martin enjoyed tremendous relationship with General Assembly; won bipartisan support for education
237-263 Martin's political aspirations for higher elective office; trial balloons floated for Lt. Governor in 1959; would have been interested in presidency of UK
263-282 Sublett's recollections of Martin's selection as President of Eastern. Political considerations may have created some dissension over his candidacy
296-308 Relationship between politics and education in Kentucky
308-343 Relationship with Martin since Martin left Frankfort for Richmond. Martin's involvement with Kentucky Teachers Retirement System. Sublett's observations on the growth and changes in Eastern; his administrative abilities
343-357 Martin's philosophy of education: the greatest good for the greatest number. Strong belief in the universality of educational opportunity
371-410 Sublett's characterization of Martin's personality; a strong, dominant character; a weakness may be that he is unaware that some cannot or will not meet his demanding pac e and as a result he dismisses their qualifications; he expects more than some capable people can deliver
410-451 Anecdote concerning Martin
451-483 Martin's relationship with the press, basically good with reporters, but the relationship with the editorial board of the Courier-Journal has not been very good; primary reason stems from a difference in educational philosophies
483-492 Martin's relationship with Kentucky Education Association has been pretty good
493-531 Martin's main contributions to education in Kentucky: establishment and funding of foundation program; on higher education: establishment of strong regional university at Eastern (Law Enforcement, Nursing programs); participation in national educational associations
531-548 Reaction to Martin's campaign for Kentucky State Senate, Martin is outstanding Kentucky educator of this century

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