Interview with Donald Feltner


  • Identifier1978 OH 013
  • Date3/6/1978
  • InterviewerHay, Charles
  • IntervieweeFeltner, Donald
  • DescriptionMr. 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.
  • LocationRichmond, KY
  • Duration2:37:38
  • Time Summary0-0:45 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
  • Restrictionsno
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


“Interview with Donald Feltner,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed February 1, 2023,