Interview with Thomas Stovall

  • Identifier1977 OH 012
  • Date3/15/1977
  • InterviewerSmith, David
  • IntervieweeStovall, Thomas
  • DescriptionMr. Thomas Stovall served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at EKU from 1966-72.
  • LocationNashville, TN
  • Time Summary0-4 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
  • Restrictionsno
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.
  • IndexerAaron Moore


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