Interview with Otis A. Singletary, October 2, 1990

Project: Otis A. Singletary Oral History Project

Interview Summary

In session fourty-one, Singletary describes his friend John Silber, a Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate. He mentions Silber's strong personality, which has formed many strong allies and enemies, but has certainly thrust him into Massachusetts politics. Singletary shares his insight into the appointment of University of Kentucky President Charles T. Wethington. Singletary disputes any claims of political maneuvering within the board and the selection process and supports the school's decision.

In the second half of the interview, Singletary looks back on some of the issues that arose during his administration. He addresses the great debate over maintaining an equal balance of research and teaching among the faculty. Singletary also remarks on a possible University of Kentucky and University of Louisville merger, a proposal that never materialized, but which would have been monumental. Finally, Singletary discusses the hiring of Eddie Sutton as basketball coach and successor to Joe B. Hall. Among the factors involved in this decision were Sutton's reputed drinking problem, his conflicts with his former athletic director, and his wife's involvement with his former employer, the University of Arkansas.

Interview Accession

1990oh237_oas041

Interviewee Name

Otis A. Singletary

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1990-10-02

Interview LC Subject

Singletary, Otis A.

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Singletary, Otis A. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 02 Oct. 1990. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Singletary, O.A. (1990, October 02). 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. October 02, 1990, Otis A. Singletary Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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