Interview with William Moore

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1977 OH 040




Dr. William Moore holds a diploma from the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School, and the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Mater of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy from UK. For two years he was a student of the College of Law of the University of Kentucky. His experience includes rural school teaching; principal of the Corinth, Kentucky, Independent Grade School, two years; principal of the Clay County High School, Manchester, Kentucky, four and one-half years; sometime, Director of Finance, State Department of Education; and sometime, Commissioner of Revenue, State of Kentucky. Dr. Moore was elected Dean of Eastern in 1944. At the time of his election he was serving as Commissioner of Revenue for the State of Kentucky having taken a leave of absence from Eastern. He had been with the institution since 1928 and he held the position of Dean of the Faculty.


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Interview with William Moore

Oral History Item Type Metadata


Ellis, William E.


Moore, William


Richmond, KY



Time Summary

0:10-1:0 Music for your listening enjoyment
1:20-2:20 Introduction
3:20-3:45 Recollections of Martin as a student
4:0-5:05 Moore's recollections of his career: professor of economics, chairman of Commerce Department, Dean of the College
5:05-6:25 Moore's opinion of the Council on Public Higher Education
6:25-7:15 Moore's chairmanship of the Commission on Higher Education
7:20-8:20 Moore's recollections of his political involvements and his associations with state government
8:30-8:45 Importance of politics to a career in education
8:45-10:55 Comparison between Presidents Donovan and O'Donnell; campus construction and growth of student enrollment
11:0-12:30 Impact of the Depression upon education; imposed some hardship upon students
12:30-13:30 Characterization of student body during 1930's
13:30-15:35 Changes in Eastern in the post World War II years; fairly rapid growth in enrollment
15:35-16:50 Dr. Donovan's academic policies
16:50-18:55 Conditions at Eastern during the 1950's. Involvement in study of teacher education in the nation
18:55-19:30 Evolution of Eastern to expand beyond teacher education opposed by some
19:30-20:50 Other students at Eastern who achieved success in their professions
20:50-21:25 Moore's belief that political influence in higher education is not as great as it was
21:25-22:40 Moore's recollections of the development and implementation of the Minimum Foundation Program
23:20-24:20 Comparison of Martin with O'Donnell; Martin with Donovan
24:20-25:20 Martin's relationship with other Kentucky educators: Wendell Butler, Lyman Ginger, Adron Doran
25:20-28:50 Martin's relationship with Kentucky politicians: Bert Combs, Edward Breathitt, Louie Nunn, Carl Perkins
28:50-29:45 Greatest changes in Eastern since Martin became President: achieving university status, expanding academic offerings, campus construction
29:50-31:50 Characterization of Martin's personality
31:50-32:30 Description of Martin's philosophy of education
32:30-34:20 Comparison of Martin with other university presidents: Doran, Thompson, Dickey
34:20-35:10 Highlights of Martin's presidency, achieving university status, growth of student body and academic offerings
35:10-35:20 Moore's working relationship with Martin
35:20-35:45 Comparison of Martin and J.C. Powell, Moore's lack of knowledge to make a comparison
35:45-37:40 Greatest change in Eastern during Moore's association with the institution
End of interview





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