Interview with John D. Rowlett


  • Identifier: 1978 OH 104
  • Date: 5/2/1978
  • Interviewer: Wilburn, Mark S.
  • Interviewee: Rowlett, John D
  • Location: Richmond, KY
  • Duration: :40:08
  • Time Summary: 0-01:00 Interviewer's introduction
    01:0-02:0 Pause in Tape
    02:0-03:20 Rowlett's general background
    03:20-05:50 Rowlett's first meeting with Martin and his impressions of Martin
    05:50-07:40 Martin's philosophy of education
    07:40-13:20 Martin's appointment as President of Eastern. Comparison between O'Donnell and Martin
    13:20-14:35 Martin's ability to delegate authority and accept criticism
    14:35-18:10 Martin's relationship with faculty and students. The Steve Wilborn incident
    18:10-20:10 The establishment of the physical plant at Eastern during the 1960's
    21:10-22:10 Martin's possible consideration as president of UK and his relationship with the Richmond community
    22:10-23:50 Rowlett's duties under the Martin administration and how his role changed over the years
    23:50-26:05 Martin's relationship with the press
    26:05-28:0 University of Louisville becoming part of the state educational system
    28:0-30:20 Martin's political influence
    30:20-31:0 Martin's relationship with other college presidents
    31:0-33:10 Martin's view of the CPHE
    33:10-38:0 Development of the nursing program at Eastern
    38:0-40:50 Development of the law enforcement program at Eastern
    40:50 End of side 1
    0-03:0 Crane Report on Law Enforcement. Martin's reaction
    03:0-End of Tape
  • Restrictions: no
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“Interview with John D. Rowlett,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed March 30, 2020,