Interview with Robert Begley


  • Identifier1977 OH 067
  • Date12/3/1977
  • InterviewerEllis, William E.
  • IntervieweeBegley, Robert
  • DescriptionMr. Robert Begley is the President of Begley's Drugs company and serves as Chairman of the Board of Regents
  • LocationRichmond, KY
  • Duration1:01:13
  • Time Summary0-0:50 Pause in tape
    0:50-01:40 Interviewer's introduction
    01:40-02:40 Pause in tape
    02:40-06:0 Begley discusses how he came to be appointed to the Eastern Board of Regents
    06:00-08:00 Begley's first meeting with Dr. Martin
    08:00-15:05 Begley's recollections about Dr. Martin's appointment as President of E.K.U. and the role politics plays in education
    15:05-17:30 Role of the Council on Public Higher Education
    17:30-21:05 Dr. Martin's role with the Board of Regents and the functions of the Board as a whole.
    21:05-22:30 Begley's relationship with Dr. Martin
    22:30-24:35 Begley's reaction to Dr. Martin running for the state senate
    24:35-34:20 Dr. Martin's priorities at Eastern
    34:20-37:35 Dr. Martin's relationship with Governors Wendell Ford, Louie Nunn, Julian Carroll
    37:35-39:35 Dr. Martin's relationship with Adron Doran, former President at Morehead, and other college presidents
    39:35-43:40 Dr. Martin's strengths
    43:40-45:35 Dr. Martin's weaknesses
    45:35-47:0 Dr. Martin's relationship with the press
    47:0 End of Side 1
    0-01:15 Pause in Tape
    01:15-03:05 Dr. Martin's relationship with the press
    03:05-05:45 Begley compares Dr. Martin with other college presidents
    05:45-09:25 Dr. Martin's personality
    09:25-12:0 Begley compares Dr. Martin with Dr. Powell
    12:0-18:0 Begley's anecdotes concerning Dr. Martin
    18:0 End of Tape
  • Restrictionsno
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


“Interview with Robert Begley,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed March 23, 2023,