Interview with Otis A. Singletary, June 1, 1989

Project: Otis A. Singletary Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Dr. Singletary begins interview twenty-one with a discussion of the pressures and public life of a university president. He talks about contemporary events, including the final NCAA sanction on the University of Kentucky. He mentions the roles and responsibilities that the athletes and coaches have; he comments on the hiring of basketball coach Rick Pitino. He discusses three books on the university environment: Purely Academic (Stringfellow Barr), Pictures from an Institution (Randall Jarrell), and Prof Scam (Charles Sykes).

Dr. Singletary continues with his comments regarding the Owensboro community, and then segues into the decision to put a veterinary school at the University of Kentucky instead of a Murray State. He discusses problems he had with Pralltown, a community in Lexington, in 1974. Joe Jasper referred to U.K. as a "slum lord." Singletary comments on this and the expansion of the university. During the spring 1974, T. Harry Williams came to Kentucky as a visiting professor. Singletary discusses the controversy that arose in March 1974 when a suggestive film from the New York Film Festival was shown on campus. It was during this time that Paul Willis was appointed director of libraries and Sue Feamster was appointed as the assistant athletic director. Movements in women's athletics are touched upon, and Dr. Singletary discusses a Dick Wilson article about the first five years of his presidency. It was also during this time that Dr. Singletary's parents passed away. He discusses a job offer at Southern Methodist University and his decision to stay at Kentucky.

Interview Accession

1989oh135_oas021

Interviewee Name

Otis A. Singletary

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1989-06-01

Interview LC Subject

Singletary, Otis A.

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Singletary, Otis A. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 01 Jun. 1989. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Singletary, O.A. (1989, June 01). 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. June 01, 1989, Otis A. Singletary Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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