Interview with Donald Feltner

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1978 OH 013




Mr. Donald Feltner received his B.A. and M.A. at Eastern and has served as Director of Public Affairs since the mid-1950's. He had a close working relationship with Dr. Martin on many important projects.


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Interview with Donald Feltner

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Hay, Charles


Feltner, Donald


Richmond, KY



Time Summary

0-0:45 Interviewer's introduction
0:45-02:40 Feltner's first meeting and impressions of Dr. Martin
02:40-05:40 Dr. Martin's personality and Dr. Martin's aspirations
05:40-07:45 Dr. Martin's appointment as Eastern's president, and his previous experience as Bert Combs' campaign manager
07:45-09:20 Dr. Martin's plans for Eastern and how his previous experience helped him
09:20-13:40 Dr. Martin's philosophy of education
13:40-23:20 Feltner discusses Dr. Martin's administrative ability, including the Crane Report on Law Enforcement , the Vietnam War, and the building program
23:20-29:45 Eastern's rise to university status, and Dr. Martin's sense of humor
29:45-40:0 Dr. Martin's delegation of authority
40:0-46:40 Dr. Martin's relationship with faculty members
46:40-47:10 Student activism during the late 1960's and Dr. Martin's reaction to it
47:10 End of side 1
0-15:15 Student activism continued, the Steve Wilborn incident, and the student press with Craig Ammerman
15:15-26:50 Dr. Martin's relationship with the Courier-Journal and the press in general
26:50-42:40 The nature of Feltner's job and the various changes that occurred. The various building projects are discussed. the Meditation Chapel and Dr. Martin's relationship with the alumni association
42:40-47:10 The Centennial Celebration at Eastern
47:10 End of Side 2
0-12:20 Centennial Celebration discussion continues
12:20-20:10 The rise of publications at Eastern during the Martin years
20:10-22:50 Dr. Martin's view of athletics- college and intramural sports and function of publications as it pertains to sports programs
22:50-32:05 Dr. Martin's student recruitment program.Competition among state universities.
32:05-39:25 Career placement program
39:25-42:40 Dr. Martin's relationship with other college presidents and governors
42:40-46:10 Dr. Martin's reaction to becoming president at the University of Kentucky
46:10-47:10 Feltner's speeches written for Dr. Martin
47:10 End of side 3
0-1:30 Continuation of side 4
1:30-3:45 Dr. Martin's contributions
3:45-11:0 Comparison of Dr. Martin with former President O'Donnell
11:0-12:50 Dr. Martin's senate race announcement
12:50-19:40 Dr. Martin's retirement
19:40 End of interview





“Interview with Donald Feltner,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed May 21, 2018,

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