Interview with Lewis W. Cochran, August 27, 1985

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

Interview Summary

In this interview, Lewis W. "Bud" Cochran mentions that there are a range of services offered by the University of Kentucky to the state that people are not aware of. He mentions a few of the regulatory services programs that operate out of the Kentucky State Department of Agriculture Office, in particular the equine research programs, such as drug testing for the race tracks. Cochran notes that there are two livestock diagnostic disease laboratories operated by the state's department of agriculture, one in Lexington, Kentucky through UK, the other in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, through Murray State University. He talks about the policy of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to build specialized research functions in one or another of the agricultural experiment stations, and the need for approval of research projects.

Cochran gives a summary of Governor Julian Carroll's administration as it related to UK. He did not rank Carroll as "one of the more friendly and supportive governors for the University of Kentucky". He felt that these years were difficult for the university, but did not see any personal hostility towards UK from Carroll, so thought he did not have a real interest in the development of education, especially higher education. Cochran points to the number of law schools in the state as an example of the political influences on the development of higher education in Kentucky. He remembers that "we nickeled and dimed the place to death during the Brown administration" due to budget cuts, and that those four years are still affecting the university. He recalls that a more serious budget cut, which had greater consequences, occurred in 1967.

Cochran discusses the strategic plan and states that "Kentucky is handicapped by the fact that it's never been able to establish a statement of public policy as to what it wants its institutions of higher education to be and do", and feels this affects the school's ability to provide the greatest service to the public. Cochran discusses admissions access and requirements. He recalls that sometimes there was over-interpretation of compliance with state statutes in many areas and a shift toward operating like a business. Cochran felt these types of policies and procedures are sometimes necessary to keep the place honest, but have hampered the university. He mentions the budget freezes for higher education during the 1980's in thirty or more states which affected both faculty and staff morale, and the professional dedication of a university faculty. He discusses the issue of coal mining in Robinson Forest and notes that it is a "short-sighted" look at a permanent asset.

Interview Accession

1985oh200_af271

Interviewee Name

Lewis W. Cochran

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1985-08-27

Interview Keyword

Bud Cochran

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Cochran, Lewis W. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 27 Aug. 1985. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cochran, L.W. (1985, August 27). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Cochran, Lewis W., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. August 27, 1985, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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