Interview with Otis A. Singletary, May 3, 1989

In interview number twenty, Dr. Singletary begins with a discussion of current events. Murray State University's decision not to renew the contract of President Kayla Stroup was touched upon. He covers problems at Kentucky State University and the governor's role in universities. Budget issues and funding are mentioned, as well as the blessings and difficulties inherited by Dr. David Roselle when Singletary left the presidency of U.K. He also talks about regrets he had and changes he would make in his administration. After discussing contemporary events, Dr. Singletary talks about the 1973-1974 academic year and the Board of Trustees at the University of Kentucky, as well as Garvice Kincaid's role on the board. He mentions his dealings with governors in his term and problems he encountered with Governor John Y. Brown, Jr. In November 1973, Ed Carter replaced Don Clapp as budget director at Kentucky, and Dr. Singletary gives his opinion on this appointment. During this time, discrimination towards women within the university became an issue, as well as academic freedoms. Singletary supports his decision in November 1973 to have Kentucky basketball games televised. He mentions the appointment of Dr. John Wyatt as director of the Tobacco Institute in December 1973. Singletary finishes with a discussion of the community college at Owensboro and how important it is to that community.

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