Interview with Otis Singletary


  • Identifier1978 OH 105
  • Date5/3/1978
  • InterviewerWilburn, Mark S.
  • IntervieweeSingletary, Otis
  • DescriptionPresident Otis Singletary is a native of Texas and graduated with a Ph.D. in History from Louisiana State University. He was appointed President of UK in 1969. Prior to his appointment as President, he served as Chancellor, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and as director of the Job Corps in the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration.
  • LocationLexington, KY
  • Duration:28:48
  • Time Summary0-02:0 Interviewer's introduction
    02:0-03:35 Singletary's general background
    03:35-04:15 First meeting with Dr. Martin
    04:15-06:0 Dr. Martin and the CPHE and politics and education in general
    06:0-07:35 Competition among state regional colleges with UK. The community college system
    07:35-08:35 University of Louisville and Northern Kentucky University in the state educational system
    08:35-10:10 Martin compared to other college presidents
    10:10-11:10 Martin's relationship with former Kentucky governors
    11:10-14:35 Martin and Dr. Sedler- the conflicts the two men had
    14:35-17:0 Martin's personality and Ann Martin
    17:0-18:40 Martin's relationship with the press
    18:40-19:50 The Crane Report and the law enforcement program
    19:50-21:30 Martin's retirement and state senate race
    21:30-26:30 Martin's abilities as an administrator, financial expert, and political leader
    26:30-28:0 Campus unrest in the late 1960's
    28:0-29:20 Final remarks by President Singletary
    29:20 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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