Interview with Glenn O. Carey


  • Identifier1987 OH 112
  • Date8/18/1987
  • InterviewerEllis, William E.
  • IntervieweeCarey,
  • DescriptionThe following is an unrehearsed, taped interview with Glenn O. Carey, former Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University. The interview was conducted in conjunction with the Institutional History Project at Eastern Kentucky University.
  • LocationRichmond, KY
  • Duration1:29:49
  • Time Summary00:00 - 01:00 Introduction.
    01:00 - 04:00 Mr. Carey talks about his past work in Georgia and New York. Did administrative and "political" work for Potsdam University. Took administrative job at Eastern at urging of Fred Ogden in 1967.
    04:00 - 06:40 Comments on Robert Martin. Backwardness of Kentucky education. Mr. Carey says his own attempts at changes in academic planning resented by others at EKU. After trip to Iran, found had lost position, so applied for Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences and got job.
    06:40 - 10:00 Politics of Eastern, problems resulting from it. Discussion of salary discrepancies.
    10:10 - 11:40 Talks about his concern that the faculty has to contend with unfavorable conditions that undermine intellectual health.
    11:40 - 15:10 Speaks of faculty responsibilities. Reputation of Eastern as a party school.
    15:10 - 16:20 Believes that Eastern needs to achieve moral direction and academic excellence.
    16:20 - 19:00 Talks about the need to establish high academic standards. Is concerned about poor leadership in education.
    19:00 - 23:30 Criticism of President Reagan. More on state of education in Kentucky.
    23:30 - 32:00 Speaks of his responsibilities as Associate Dean over 17 departments. Talks of the cooperation, hard work shared by department chairmen. Talks about need for students and faculty to keep their integrity.
    32:00 - 34:40 Continuation of above. Expresses concern that Eastern's unfair promotional and other practices have interfered with educational process.
    34:40 - 37:40 Talks about Eastern as a reflection of the University president.
    37:40 - 40:00 Evaluation of Robert Martin.
    40:00 - 43:30 Speaks of Eastern's potential as a university.
    43:30 - 49:00 Describes work on the University catalog. Talks about the value of constructive criticism and suggestions. Describes Eastern as having room for improvement.
    49:00 - 52:40 Better education is needed because of the poor preparation which students receive.
    52:40 - 54:00 Problems in being Associate Dean.
    54:00 - 55:30 Talks about his experience on the salary committee.
    55:30 - 61:00 Reasons why he came to Eastern, reasons why he stayed. Says he has learned value of cooperation for achievement of a common goal.
    61:00 - 63:00 Believes Eastern needs to break away from the past. Talks about the rise of less competent people and consequences of this.
    63:00 - 63:50 Is concerned about needless duplication of funds, equipment, etc.
    64:00 - 65:10 Legacy of the old Central University.
    65:10 - 70:10 Speaks of the Library as excellent, commends the computer service.
    70:10 - 75:00 More on Library. Discusses need for new blood at Eastern. Complains of excessive salaries for administrative posts.
    75:00 - 82:00 Speaks of the importance of education.
    82:00 - 88:30 Mr. Carey's past experiences as a teacher. He discusses need for higher standards at Eastern -- "a matter of pride". Dominance of athletics over academics. Talks about Eastern's potential.
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  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.




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