Interview with A. D. Albright, September 5, 1989

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

Interview Summary

In the mid-1970s, A.D. Albright was preparing to change jobs from the head of the Kentucky Council on Higher Education to the presidency of Northern Kentucky University. Albright states that at this time there were cuts in funding for higher education, and that there was a prevailing feeling that the rapid expansion of higher education had brought people who should not be there. Albright recalls a report from the Council on Higher Education that advised limiting law school enrollments. He discusses the three law schools in Kentucky; UK, the University of Louisville, and Chase Law School at Northern Kentucky University. Albright states that he does not feel that Kentucky needs three law schools, but he explains the differences between institutions, particularly the fact that the University of Louisville and Chase were better geared to handle older and working students.

Albright also talks about Northern Kentucky University specifically and the problems which resulted in former President Frank Steely's resignation. Albright believes that Steely was a good scholar, but was probably more inclined to run a small private institution. Albright believes that people in northern Kentucky were more eager to get NKU running rather than taking time to lay out the structure. He feels that NKU was lacking a mission, and he states that he and others wanted to see NKU develop an effective undergraduate program. He discusses his decision to go to NKU and explains that he only intended to stay for two or three years. He describes things that hurt the university including the lack of initial planning and his successor at the Council on Higher Education, Harry Snyder.

Interview Accession

1989oh242_af378

Interviewee Name

A. D. Albright

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1989-09-05

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Albright, A. D. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 05 Sep. 1989. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Albright, A.D. (1989, September 05). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Albright, A. D., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. September 05, 1989, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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