Interview with A. D. Albright, August 29, 1989

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Kentucky Council on Higher Education--Authority and business

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Partial Transcript: We were getting ready to talk about Northern and U of L and--

Segment Synopsis: Albright discusses the charge given to the Kentucky Council on Higher Education: to develop a higher education system for Kentucky. He says that there was a fairly widespread feeling that the college presidents dominated the council. Albright discusses the level of authority the council had versus the expectations people had. He discusses political influence on the council's decisions.

Keywords: Annual reports; Authority; Capital; Council business; Decision-making; Domination; Education; Expectations; Hospitals; Influences; Institutions; Louisville (Ky.); Money; Political figures; Power; Student education; University presidents

Subjects: College administrators; College presidents; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Kentucky Council on Higher Education; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges.

00:06:44 - Kentucky Council on Higher Education--Hiring process and struggle to gain staff

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Partial Transcript: So, uh--and, uh, uh, the, uh, the--before that, you had members of the council who knew a great deal about higher education...

Segment Synopsis: Albright discusses members and staff of the Kentucky Council on Higher Education, including the criticism that there were too many staff members. He talks about their issue of hiring staff who were knowledgeable about higher education, partly due to the low salary and benefits they were offering. He talks about improving their retirement system and other benefits. He discusses the qualities they looked for when hiring staff for the council.

Keywords: Arrangements; Budgets; Chancellorships; Commonwealth; Coordination; Credentials; Deans; Education; Elizabeth Zensor; Experience; Finances; Governor Wendell Ford; Higher education; Hiring; Kentucky; Legislation; Medical centers; Medicine; Payments; Personnel; Qualifications; Retirement programs; Revenue; Salary; Staff; TIAA-CREF; Tenure; UK Medical Center; University; University of Kentucky; University of Louisville

Subjects: College administrators; College presidents; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Kentucky Council on Higher Education; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges.

00:17:28 - Kentucky Council on Higher Education--Budget

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Partial Transcript: So, uh, the, uh--uh, I know, uh--speaking about this, uh--the lag between achieving certain steps in the council and the expectations...

Segment Synopsis: Albright discusses the progress made by the Kentucky Council on Higher Education compared to people's expectations, speaking specifically about Governor Julian Carroll. Albright talks about Carroll's public statements regarding the council after the council had investigated the state budget.

Keywords: Budgets; Council; Disappointment; Expectations; Governor Julian Carroll; Higher education; Institutions; Public; Revenue estimates; State revenue

Subjects: Carroll, Julian Morton, 1931-; College administrators; College presidents; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Kentucky Council on Higher Education; Kentucky--Politics and government; Politicians--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges.

00:22:32 - Albright's decision to leave the Kentucky Council on Higher Education

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Partial Transcript: It's an interesting, uh, dilemma I guess you faced, you know, to, to be at the council for three years...

Segment Synopsis: Albright talks about how he felt about articles written criticizing his work. He discusses his decision to leave the Kentucky Council on Higher Education to become president of Northern Kentucky University. He talks about his disappointment in the direction the University of Kentucky was going during his time there, which had led to his work on the Council.

Keywords: Administration; Articles; Governor Julian Carroll; Higher education; International service; Newspapers; Reporters

Subjects: Carroll, Julian Morton, 1931-; College administrators; College presidents; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Kentucky Council on Higher Education; Kentucky--Politics and government; Northern Kentucky University; Politicians--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges.

00:29:13 - Kentucky Council on Higher Education--Politics

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Partial Transcript: Is it--isn't it, uh,--it’s interesting to me that, uh, here in, uh, 1976--May of 1976, there's these questions about the council's not moving fast enough...

Segment Synopsis: Albright talks about the lack of progress on the Kentucky Council on Higher Education since 1976. He talks about Governor Wendell Ford's influence on the Council. He talks about Governor Julian Carroll's influence on the Council and his negative remarks about higher education. He talks about the relationship between the Council and the state legislature, which was becoming more independent from the governor. He discusses a member of Julian Carroll's staff, Jack Hall.

Keywords: Contradictory; Critiques; Future; Governor Julian Carroll; Governor Wendell Ford; Independent body; Institutions; Jack Hall; John Berry; Legislature; Political; Support

Subjects: Carroll, Julian Morton, 1931-; College administrators; College presidents; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Ford, Wendell H., 1924-; Kentucky Council on Higher Education; Kentucky--Politics and government; Politicians--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges.

00:38:25 - Albright being offered the presidency of Northern Kentucky University

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Partial Transcript: When, when at the council--going back to an earlier question you raised--

Segment Synopsis: Albright discusses Governor Julian Carroll's involvement in his becoming president of Northern Kentucky University. He talks about Commissioner of Finance Russ McClure's involvement in the process. He talks about Governor Louie Nunn's desire for him to become president of Northern.

Keywords: Adron Doran; Articles; Board members; Board of Trustees; Chairman; Contracts; Dr. Otis Singletary; Fulbright Scholarship; Governor Julian Carroll; Governor Louie B. Nunn; Institutions; Newspapers; Reporters; Russ McClure; Russell McClure; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Carroll, Julian Morton, 1931-; College administrators; College presidents; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Kentucky Council on Higher Education; Kentucky--Politics and government; Northern Kentucky University; Politicians--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges.

00:46:35 - Issues caused by the division of funds to Kentucky colleges

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Partial Transcript: One, uh, one issue I want to talk to before we go on to the Northern period...

Segment Synopsis: Albright discusses the issues that arose regarding how much funding each college or university in Kentucky was given by the state government in 1976. He says that the per-student allocations did not take certain factors into account, such as the fact that Northern Kentucky University was a new institution and needed facilities, like libraries, that other institutions already had. He talks about Dr. Otis Singletary's argument that the University of Kentucky deserved more funding. He talks about Singletary and UK's relationship with the state legislature. He talks about the universities' attitudes toward the community colleges and other universities. He talks about Kentucky State University's funding issues. He discusses how the per-student allocation issues in Kentucky continue to the current day.

Keywords: Allocations; Amount; Budgets; Community colleges; Declining percentage; Facilities; Facility; Financing; Funding; Future funding; Graduate education; Graduation; Higher education; Institutions; Per-student allocations; Per-student appropriations; Private universities; Research programs; State appropriations; State legislature; University funding

Subjects: College administrators; College presidents; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Kentucky State University; Kentucky--Politics and government; Northern Kentucky University; Politicians--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Finance; Universities and colleges.; University of Kentucky; University of Louisville

01:04:53 - Murray State University vs. the Kentucky Council on Higher Education

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Partial Transcript: Switching gears here a little bit, uh, following up on just the end, end of our discussion of the Council business...

Segment Synopsis: Albright discusses Murray State University's president Constantine W. Curris' belief that Murray was being treated unfairly by the Kentucky Council on Higher Education. Albright discusses how personalities and personal disagreements affected decision-making on the Council.

Keywords: Arguments; Bitterness; Constantine W. Curris; Council management; Decisions; Disagreements; Dr. H. H. Cherry; Dr. James Patterson; Institutions; Motives; Personalities; Personality; Relationships; University presidents; Veterinary schools

Subjects: College administrators; College presidents; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Kentucky Council on Higher Education; Kentucky--Politics and government; Murray State University; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges.

01:14:35 - College presidents' selection of their successors

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Partial Transcript: Of course the, the, uh, the landscape was getting ready to change in, in this '75-'76 period with you going to Northern and Martin and Doran almost back to back announcing that they were getting ready to step down.

Segment Synopsis: Albright discusses Bob Martin and Adron Doran leaving their positions as presidents of Eastern Kentucky University and Morehead State University, respectively. He discusses them choosing their successors. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Adapting; Adron Doran; Bob Martin; Changes; Disagreements; Factionalism; Institutions; Leaving; Retirement; Robert Martin; Successors; University presidents

Subjects: College administrators; College presidents; Eastern Kentucky University; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Morehead State University; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges.