Interview with Otis A. Singletary, November 14, 1989

Project: Otis A. Singletary Oral History Project

Interview Summary

In this session, Dr. Singletary discusses the Jefferson Community College and the Owensboro Community College and the impact they had on other areas in Kentucky. In the spring of 1978, the University of Kentucky basketball team won the National Championship under Coach Joe B. Hall. Singletary talks about the influences this had on the university as a whole, and compares Duke University and U.K. He mentions the appointment of Warren Terry to the U.K. Board of Trustees that spring. Rights on campus continued to be important and Singletary talks about the American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Commission at the university.

Singletary discusses of his feelings on a mandatory retirement age, and the possibility of extending it by five years. During 1978, Fran Curci wanted to put in a special dorm for the Kentucky football players, and Singletary explains why he and David Grissom declined to give university monies toward its creation. In the spring 1978, CIA Director Stansfield Turner visited the campus. Singletary talks about the events surrounding a disruption by the students and the following arrests. He also talks about efforts to internationalize the University of Kentucky campus, and the implementation of an alternative professional fee plan at the medical school in June of 1976. He discusses the reaction to this, as well as his appointment of Dr. Peter Bosomworth as chancellor of the medical center.

Interview Accession

1989oh285_oas027

Interviewee Name

Otis A. Singletary

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1989-11-14

Interview LC Subject

Singletary, Otis A.

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Singletary, Otis A. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 14 Nov. 1989. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Singletary, O.A. (1989, November 14). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. Otis A. Singletary Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Singletary, Otis A., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. November 14, 1989, Otis A. Singletary Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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