Interview with Gerald May


  • Identifier1978 OH 036
  • Date3/21/1978
  • InterviewerEllis, William E.
  • IntervieweeMay, Gerald
  • DescriptionMr. Gerald May is originally from New York, but moved to Kentucky to become a student at Eastern during the 1940's. He has served on Eastern's Board of Regents since the 1960's where he became acquainted with Dr. Martin.
  • LocationStanford, KY
  • Duration1:05:23
  • Time Summary0-0:45 Interviewer's introduction
    0:45-02:10 Pause in tape
    02:10-03:50 May's general background
    03:50-05:10 May's first meeting with Dr. Martin
    05:10-07:40 How May became a member of the Board of Regents
    07:40-09:15 First impressions of the Board and Dr. Martin
    09:15-10:40 Martin as Superintendent of Public Instruction
    10:40-11:50 Appointment of Dr. Martin as president of Eastern
    11:50-14:25 Dr. Martin's relationship with the Board of Regents
    14:25-16:20 May comments on the activities of the board
    16:20-20:50 Conflicts on the board between members
    20:50-25:30 Dr. Martin's priorities and goals
    25:30-27:40 Dr. Martin's relationship with Governor Wendell Ford
    30:35-38:40 Dr. Martin's relationship with the Council on Public Higher Education; May's opinion of the Council
    38:40 End of Side 1
    0-07:45 Pause in Tape
    07:45-12:50 Dr. Martin's relationship with the press
    12:50-16:0 May compares Dr. Martin with other college presidents- Dr. O'Donnell
    16:0-19:50 Dr. Martin as a planner and organizer as compared with Dr. Adron Doran
    19:50-22:40 Dr. Martin's personality
    22:40-29:10 May compares Dr. Martin with Dr. Powell
    29:10-33:10 May's final comments
    22:10 End of tape
  • Restrictionsno
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


“Interview with Gerald May,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed December 2, 2022,