Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with A. D. Albright, February 20, 1985

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:07 - Introduction / Emergence of the Center for Developmental Change (CDC)

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Partial Transcript: Okay, this is the interview with Dr. Albright about the history of CDC.

Segment Synopsis: The interviewer and Albright laugh about the “Oswald-Albright” Revolution. Albright discusses the emergence of the Center for Developmental Change and Dr. Oswald’s arrival as president of the University of Kentucky.

Keywords: Center for Developmental Change (CDC); Dr. John Oswald; Name changes; Notion of change; “Oswald-Albright Revolution”

Subjects: College administrators; College presidents; Educational change; Lexington (Ky.); Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Research; University of Kentucky

00:04:07 - Beginnings of the Center for Developmental Change (CDC)

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Partial Transcript: I met with, uh, forty-three of the departments in the University.

Segment Synopsis: Albright discusses meetings he held with other departments about their future plans. Albright mentions what Oswald offered to the Center for Developmental Change’s “birth.”

Keywords: Center for Developmental Change (CDC); Communication; Departments; Dr. John Oswald; Dr. Oswald’s arrival; Revitalization

Subjects: Universities and colleges--Departments; Universities and colleges--Research; University of Kentucky

00:08:35 - Oswald administration

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Partial Transcript: Qui--setting up of criteria for appointments, for promotion, for, um, uh, rewards, and those centered pretty largely on the individual, uh, professor.

Segment Synopsis: Albright talks about the criteria instituted by the Oswald administration. He specifies how certain factors contributed to the way the University of Kentucky’s faculty worked.

Keywords: Criteria; Dr. John Oswald; Faculty; Oswald administration; Promotions; Rewards system

Subjects: College administrators; College administrators--Selection and appointment.; College presidents; Rules; Universities and college--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Administration.

00:10:22 - Hiring overseas / Multidisciplinary seminars

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Partial Transcript: I see. Because you were involved ear--very early...

Segment Synopsis: Albright mentions how the University of Kentucky was trying to employ British Lords. He talks about how the university managed to hire one Lord, Charles Morris, and how higher education in Britain operated. He states how multidisciplinary courses affected Oswald’s program.

Keywords: Academic programs; Higher education; Multidisciplinary courses; Professorships; Robin’s Report

Subjects: College administrators; College presidents; Education, Higher--Kentucky--Lexington; Socioeconomic status; Universities and college--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Professional staff

00:16:13 - Advancements at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: The uh--well, uh, then there was another reason that the, uh, concept of, uh, of CDC...

Segment Synopsis: Albright highlights how a majority of the University of Kentucky’s enrollment was from the Bluegrass region. Albright introduces the university’s need to advance.

Keywords: Agricultural programs; Commonwealth; Culture; Enrollment; Faculty; First-rate university; Society; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Agriculture; College environment; College students--Social conditions; Fayette County (Ky.); Rural schools--Kentucky.; Universities and colleges--Admissions

00:20:05 - Politics and the University of Kentucky / Center for Developmental Change (CDC)

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Partial Transcript: Was CDC one of the first units of the university to try to, uh, address the international situation...

Segment Synopsis: Albright mentions how the Center for Developmental Change managed to introduce the University of Kentucky to international and domestic extension programs. However, he clarifies that the university was delayed in doing so compared to government agencies and other universities post-World War II.

Keywords: Altruism; Appalachian borders; Center for Developmental Change (CDC); Expansion; Government funding; International and domestic extensions; Post-World War II

Subjects: Universities and colleges--Public relations.; Universities and colleges--Research; University of Kentucky; World War, 1939-1945

00:26:05 - Center for Developmental Change (CDC)--Weaknesses

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Partial Transcript: Then came less enchantment with, uh, certainly overseas development.

Segment Synopsis: Albright mentions other departments at the University of Kentucky that were doing better than the Center for Developmental Change. He mentions what was stalling the progression of the Center for Developmental Change, and the actions the department was undertaking to advance it.

Keywords: Center for Developmental Change (CDC); Conflict; Decentralization; Faculty; John F. Kennedy; Peace Corps; Stalled development; Vietnam War

Subjects: Educational law and legislation--Kentucky; Southeast Asia; Universities and colleges--Research; University of Kentucky--Departments.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975

00:38:09 - Center for Developmental Change (CDC)--Successes

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Partial Transcript: I think, however, that CDC was, uh, was not without its successes.

Segment Synopsis: The Center for Developmental Change was not without its successes. Albright explains some of the ways his institution was able to help and be involved in other cultures and institutions. He mentions how the university was trying to get land grants in Indonesia for education.

Keywords: Center for Developmental Change (CDC); Culture; Indonesia; Institutions; Land share; Students

Subjects: College students--Economic conditions.; Southeast Asia; Universities and colleges--History; Universities and colleges--Research

00:41:26 - Howard Beers and Indonesia

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Partial Transcript: One of the most remarkable things was the almost sainthood, the almost quite god-figure that Howard Beers became in Indonesia.

Segment Synopsis: Albright describes how Howard Beers and his wife were regarded as saints in Indonesia. However, he mentions how Beers’ American background got him and an American general on a hit list.

Keywords: Embassies; Friends; General Yanet; Hit list; Howard Beers; Indonesia; Sainthood

Subjects: College administrators; College teachers’ spouses; Indonesia; Southeast Asia; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Employees.; Universities and colleges--Safety measures

00:50:27 - Albright’s leave / Oswald-Weidner administration

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Partial Transcript: I’ve not kept up with, uh, since I left here in, uh, ‘69--

Segment Synopsis: Albright introduces his reasoning for why he left the Center for Developmental Change to go to Belgium. Albright further discusses how his departure caused him to lose contact with the Center for Developmental Change, and how he felt about Ed Weidner being the director.

Keywords: Accreditation; Belgium; Ed Weidner; Entrepreneurs; Fulbright Award; Lack of contact; Perceptions; Sabbatical leave; Sabbaticals

Subjects: College administrators; College teachers--Leaves of absence; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Anecdotes; Universities and colleges--Professional staff

00:58:07 - Weidner-Beers administration turnover

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Partial Transcript: Now another thing, uh, Dr. Beers mentioned is in the turnover, uh, when Dr. Beers was coming and Dr. Weidner was leaving...

Segment Synopsis: Albright recounts his feelings towards Dr. Weidner’s leadership and how his standards were misguided. Albright recognizes the similar impression on faculty, and how Beers took on his director position.

Keywords: Directors; Ed Weidner; Green Bay (Wis.); Hawaii; Howard Beers; Impressions; Standards; Turnovers

Subjects: College administrators; College administrators--Selection and appointment.; Lexington (Ky.); Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty

01:04:03 - University foundations

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Partial Transcript: And I think, uh, foundations, along about that time, turned, uh, somewhat, uh, aside from funding the projects that they had been funding.

Segment Synopsis: Albright discusses how foundations were responsible for program funding and communicated with each other the nature of the projects they were funding.

Keywords: Foundations; Informal inter-communication; Inter-group relations; Kellogg Foundation; Rockefeller Foundation; United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Subjects: School management and organization; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Finance; Universities and colleges--Public relations; Universities and colleges--Research

01:06:18 - Approaching problems at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Okay, well, I have one last question.

Segment Synopsis: Albright mentions how the University of Kentucky and the Center for Developmental Change were making changes based on what needed to be done, a.k.a. an at-hope basis. He also states how the facilities need to analyze business ethics and plan for future projects ahead of time.

Keywords: At-hope basis; Business ethics; Economic change; Overseas; Projects; Social change; University of Kentucky

Subjects: College facilities--Planning.; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Finance

01:14:44 - Future of the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Do you think UK will rise to the occasion?

Segment Synopsis: Albright presents the reasons why and the method by which the University of Kentucky can implement its vision for the future. Albright also mentions how the institution needs to outline its priorities and be held accountable to them.

Keywords: Disenchantment; Eugene B. Gallagher; Future; University of Kentucky; Vision; “Inkblot”

Subjects: Education, Higher--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty; University of Kentucky

01:18:54 - University needs

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Partial Transcript: Do you think it'll take one individual under the right circumstances to do that...

Segment Synopsis: Albright portrays how he senses an urgency within the University of Kentucky for what is to come in the future. He and the interviewer discuss the university’s President, Dr. Singletary, and his likely retirement.

Keywords: Dr. Boswitz; Eugene B. Gallagher; Mobilization; Otis A. Singletary; Public; Retirement; Sense of urgency; University of Kentucky

Subjects: College administrators; College presidents; Educational change--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Administration.; University of Kentucky