Interview with A.D. Albright

  • Identifier1977 OH 019
  • Date6/7/1977
  • InterviewerSmith, David
  • IntervieweeAlbright, A.D.
  • DescriptionMr. A.D. Albright served on the Tennessee Department of Education from 1939-49. From 1950-54 he was a Professor at George Peabody College and Professor of Education at UK from 1954-57. Mr. Albright served as Executive Dean from 1957-61, Provost from 1960-62, and Executive Vice President from 1962-71. From 1971-76 he served as Executive Director of the Committee of Public Higher Education. Since 1976 he has been president of Northern Kentucky University.
  • LocationHighland Heights, KY
  • Time Summary0-4 First recollections of Martin
    4-36 Recollections of Martin during Martin's term as Superintendent of Public Instruction; Martin's professional preparation and educational interests
    36-68 Martin's philosophy of education
    69-93 How Martin envisioned Eastern's role as a regional institution in the development of higher education in Kentucky
    93-129 Martin's relationship with UK
    129-147 Martin's relationship with Presidents Dickey, Oswald, Singletary
    147-168 Compromise that allowed regional institutions to achieve university status
    168-267 Martin's effectiveness in the Council on Public Higher Education; Martin's perception of the CPHE as a threat to the autonomy of the regional institutions; Martin's reaction to the master plan for Kentucky Higher Education; reaction to the absorption of the University of Louisville and the development of Northern Kentucky State University in Kentucky higher education
    268-313 Martin's involvement and effectiveness in Kentucky politics
    314-404 CPHE's effectiveness in overseeing higher education; Martin's recognition of need for greater participation by faculty and students in university affairs
    448-466 Martin's expertise in finance
    466-505 Martin's contributions to higher education in Kentucky: financing, expansion of educational opportunities
    506-527 Anecdote concerning Albright
    527-583 Characterization of Martin's personality
    584 End of interview
  • Restrictionsyes, in the event of any publication emerging from the taping, a preliminary copy of any passages is requested.
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


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