Interview with John Vickers


  • Identifier1978 OH 038
  • Date3/27/1978
  • InterviewerEllis, William E.
  • IntervieweeVickers, John
  • DescriptionMr. John Vickers was the former Director of Placement Office at Eastern. Mr. Vickers is a native Kentuckian. He received his B.A. from Western Kentucky State College and he received his M.A. from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Vickers served in various capacities in the state government before coming to Eastern with Dr. Martin in 1960.
  • LocationRichmond, KY
  • Duration1:16:28
  • Time Summary0-0:50 Interviewer's introduction
    0:50-02:50 Pause in tape
    02:50-06:0 Vickers talks about his general background
    06:0-06:10 Vickers' first meeting with Dr. Martin
    07:10-11:0 Vickers discusses his work with the Department of Education
    11:0-12:30 Dr. Martin's years just prior to his presidency at Eastern
    12:30-16:10 Dr. Martin's appointment as President
    16:10-18:50 Dr. Martin's years as State Superintendent of Public Instruction
    18:50-23:10 Dr. Martin's priorities as President of Eastern
    23:10-27:20 Comparison between Dr. Martin and Dr. O'Donnell
    27:20-32:20 Politics and education in Kentucky- How the two are related in the state
    32:20-37:20 Dr. Martin's influence on the Council on Public Higher Education
    37:20-41:40 Competition among universities for funds and the community college system at U.K.
    41:40 End of side 1
    0-05:10 Pause in Tape
    05:10-08:20 Continuation of same topic
    08:20-15:45 Dr. Martin's relationship with Wendell Butler, Adron Doran
    15:45-20:30 Dr. Martin's relationsihp with various Kentucky governors
    20:30-22:50 Dr. Martin's philosophy of education
    22:50-24:50 Dr. Martin's relationship with the press
    24:50-28:10 Dr. Vickers discusses Dr. Martin's personality.
    28:10-32:45 Vickers' relationship with Dr. Martin
    32:45-41:50 Comparison of Dr. Powell with Dr. Martin
    41:50 End of Tape
  • Restrictionsno
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


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