Interview with Lewis W. Cochran, April 9, 1985

Project: Lewis W. Cochran Oral History Project

Interview Summary

In this interview, Lewis W. "Bud" Cochran discusses President John T. Oswald's administration at the University of Kentucky, when things began to turn from positive to negative. In 1966, Governor Edward T. "Ned" Breathitt cut 3.67 million dollars from the school budget. Cochran remembers quite a few internal changes in faculty and staff during this time. Several unpopular suggestions were also made, including tearing down Maxwell Place in order expand the library. He talks about the criticism of Oswald from the Lexington, Kentucky community. Cochran notes that Oswald was not an "athletics enthusiast", had arrived with an image of "political liberalism", and knew that he would only be President for five or six years when he arrived. He recalls professional and personal reasons that prevented Oswald from becoming a part of the community. By this time, Louie B. Nunn was now running for Governor and starting to publicly voice his opposition to Oswald during his campaign. Cochran perceived that Nunn simply did not like Oswald. He mentions that there was now concern developing whether or not the level of University support would be maintained in the new administration.

Cochran remembers when Albert D. Kirwan was appointed as Acting President in 1968 after Oswald resigned. He recalls that Nunn's entire attitude toward the University changed. Kirwan's appointment helped restore some of Nunn's good will toward the University. Cochran discusses at length his working relationship with Kirwan during this interim period. Cochran was Dean of the Graduate School and Vice-President for Research from 1967-1970. Cochran discusses UK's Board of Trustees, and recalls that the practice of Kentucky's Governor acting as UK's Chairman of the Board stopped with the Wendell H. Ford administration. Cochran talks at length about the selection and appointment of Otis A. Singletary. Cochran remembers the national surge of interest for equal educational opportunities for ethnic groups as well as women, and the competition for qualified faculty and students to fit those criteria.

Interview Accession

1985oh078_af224

Interviewee Name

Lewis W. Cochran

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1985-04-09

Interview Keyword

Bud Cochran

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Cochran, Lewis W. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 09 Apr. 1985. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cochran, L.W. (1985, April 09). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. Lewis W. Cochran Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Cochran, Lewis W., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. April 09, 1985, Lewis W. Cochran Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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