Interview with Raymond F. Betts, October 16, 1990

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

Interview Summary

In this interview, Raymond Betts, at the time of this interview a University of Kentucky professor and member of the UK Board of Trustees, discusses the administrations of UK Presidents David A. Roselle and Charles T. Wethington, Jr. Betts describes what he calls the beginning of the end of the Roselle administration, and recalls a rally that students held in support of Roselle. Betts also remembers hearing of tension between Roselle and Wallace Wilkinson, the governor of Kentucky.

Betts discusses the relationship between Singletary and Roselle. He talks about other significant people at the university at this time including Art Gallagher and Ray Hornbeck. Betts describes Roselle's resignation and how Roselle handled the basketball scandal that was occurring at this time. Betts discusses the board of trustee's meeting to appoint an interim president. Betts talks about the nomination of Charles T. Wethington, Jr. and his opposition to it. Betts also describes some of the frustrating internal politics of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Betts gives his opinion of Foster Ockerman, and talks about the student representation on the search committee after Roselle's resignation. Betts discusses political problems with the ability of the governor to appoint the members of the board of trustees. He also mentions the unique academic environment in Kentucky and in Lexington, and the need for UK to perform more service for the community.

Interview Accession

1990oh283_af407

Interviewee Name

Raymond F. Betts

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1990-10-16

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Betts, Raymond F. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 16 Oct. 1990. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Betts, R.F. (1990, October 16). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Betts, Raymond F., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. October 16, 1990, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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