Interview with John D. Rowlett

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1978 OH 104




Dr. John Rowlett is a native of Texas and currently serves as Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Research at Eastern. He came to Eastern during the 1950's. During Dr. Martin's tenure as President he worked very closely with Dr. Martin in the development of various new programs- especially the nursing and law enforcement program. Dr. Rowlett is a close associate of Dr. Martin and assisted the former President in many areas.


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Interview with John D. Rowlett

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Wilburn, Mark S.


Rowlett, John D


Richmond, KY



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





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