Interview with Charles Combs


  • Identifier1978 OH 110
  • Date4/20/1978
  • InterviewerEllis, William E.
  • IntervieweeCombs, Charles
  • DescriptionMr. Charles Combs replaced his father on the Board of Regents in 1974. He has known Dr. Martin for many years. Mr. Combs graduated from Eastern in 1964 and he is a Richmond resident.
  • LocationRichmond, KY
  • Duration:59:07
  • Time Summary0-01:0 Interviewer's introduction
    01:0-01:25 Pause in tape
    01:25-02:0 Combs' general background
    02:0-05:0 Martin's appointment as President of Eastern- the circumstances
    05:0-09:15 How Combs' father, who served on the Board of Regents, became a strong supporter of Martin
    09:15-17:30 The Eastern campus in 1950. Combs remembers his college days.
    17:30-19:15 Combs compares O'Donnell with Martin
    19:15-22:20 Role of the Board of Regents
    27:30-31:20 Conflicts on the board
    31:20-35:0 Combs' opinion concerning the Council on Public Higher Education
    35:0-38:0 The governor's role in higher education
    38:0-41:05 Martin's priorities as president
    42:40 End of side 1
    0-0:40 Pause in tape
    04:10-07:40 Martin's relationship with Adron Doran, president of Morehead
    07:40-11:25 Martin's personality
    11:25-13:25 Combs' evaluation of the highlights and achievements of the Board
    13:25-18:45 Combs compares Dr. Powell with Dr. Martin
    18:45-19:50 Martin's tenure in the state senate- Combs' judgement of Martin's performance.
    19:50 Combs final remarks
  • Restrictionsno
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


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