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President's Office Records - Powell, 1938-1986 | Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives

By Charles Hay

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Title: President's Office Records - Powell, 1938-1986Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Powell, Julius Cherry (1926-1988)

Extent: 80.3 Cubic Feet

Date Acquired: 05/21/2002

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Julius Cherry Powell served as Eastern Kentucky University's seventh president from 1976-1984. These 183 boxes reflect Powell's influence on the historical development of the institution during a period of declining enrollment and diminished state appropriations. This set of records also include the last few years of the administration of Robert R. Martin and thus make up the official records of the office of the president.

The papers are divided into four series: Council on Higher Education, General, Personnel, and Subject. The Council on Higher Education Series documents official actions taken by the Council and Eastern's involvement with the state agency. The General Series bridges the gap between official and personal correspondence, especially invitations received by presidents Martin and Powell. The Personnel Series, due to provisions of both federal and state laws regarding privacy, remains closed to researchers. The Subject Series divides into a general Subject-Sub Series and seven additional sub-series--Academic Affairs, Administrative Affairs, Business Affairs, Committees, President's Office, Student Affairs, and University Relations and Development--which correspond basically to the University's organizational structure and documents the official policies and decisions emanating from the president's office.

This collection of records should be used in conjunction with several other record groups. Specifically, the photographic collection from the Office of Public Information has numerous negative and some prints on the Powell administration. A series of oral history interviews with Dr. Powell, regarding a variety of subjects, and with faculty and alumni can provide useful supplementary material to the papers. The Board of Regents minutes offer an invaluable source of information about Powell and his presidency. Unless otherwise stated the records are open for research.

Collection Historical Note

Julius Cherry Powell was born on January 23, 1926, in Harriman, Tennessee, the only child of Julius K. Powell and Lucille Cherry Powell. When he was young his family moved to Harrodsburg, Kentucky where his father served as superintendent of public schools. Powell graduated from Harrodsburg High School in June, 1944. Later his father served as President of Campbellsville College (Kentucky).

Following two years in military service he continued his education at the University of Kentucky where he was graduated in June, 1950 with a degree in mathematics. In 1952 he received a Master's of Education degree from the University of Louisville and in 1970 received the Doctor of Education degree from the University of Kentucky. His dissertation title: Financing Public Higher Education Plant Expansion in Kentucky reflected a long term interest and responsibility during his years at Eastern. Before coming to Eastern he was employed as a mathematics teacher at Atherton High School in the Louisville public school system from September, 1950 until January, 1953. Between January, 1953 and July, 1957 he served successively as Assistant Director of Curriculum, Director of Instructional Services, and Assistant to Superintendent of the Louisville Public Schools. From 1957 to 1960 he was employed as divisional director of the Kentucky Department of Education. The primary responsibilities with this later position concerned calculating the distribution of public school funds under the Foundation Program.

In 1960 he joined the staff of Eastern Kentucky State College as Executive Assistant to the new College president, Robert R. Martin. Between 1962 and 1976 he served successively as Dean of Business Affairs, Executive Dean, and Vice-President for Administration. In addition, he served as secretary to the Board of Regents during most of that time. He assumed the presidency of the University on October 1, 1976, and served as Eastern's seventh president until he retired on December 31, 1984. After that time he became president emeritus.

During Powell's tenure as president the rapid growth years of the Martin era subsided. Powell worked on internal consolidation and the strengthening of academic programs in a quest for quality in order to maintain Eastern's position as a nationally recognized regional public university. He continued Eastern's commitment to career-oriented programs, together with a balanced emphasis on general education. He instituted a systematic planning process to provide a sense of direction and order in a period of diminishing federal and state appropriations. The Margin for Excellence Fund established in 1981, was initiated to lead Eastern into the area of private fund raising. Although little physical plant construction occurred during Powell's presidency, the addition of the Carl D. Perkins Building and Hummel Planetarium in 1979 signaled Eastern's growing commitment to public service.

Dr. Powell married Elizabeth D. Case in 1950. They had two daughters; Karen Elizabeth Knezevich born in 1954, and Julia Ann born in 1957 and one grandson. Powell was a member of numerous educational organizations and associations. In addition, he was a member of Phi Delta Kappa fraternity and the Richmond Rotary Club. He attended the First Baptist Church in Richmond. Dr. Powell died after a long bout with cancer on May 16, 1988. Less than a year later, March 4, 1989, Elizabeth Powell passed away. The Powells are buried at the Richmond Cemetery.


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Series 1: Council on Higher EducationAdd to your cart.
The Council on Higher Education Series consists of twenty boxes of material covering the years 1975 to 1985. Records are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically thereunder. Most of the items concern the activities of Kentucky's higher education coordinating agency as it relates to its primary mission. The role of the individual institutions of higher education changed significantly during the time span of the records. Much of the autonomy and authority the institutions previously possessed was subordinated to the Council during this period.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General, Jan 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General, Jul-Dec 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General, Jan-Apr 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: General, May-Jun 1977Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General, Jul Sep 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General, Oct-Dec 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General, Jan 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4: General, Feb-Jun 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 5: General, Jul-Aug 1978Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General, Sep-Dec 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General, Jan-Feb 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General, Mar 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 4: General, Apr-Jul 1979Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General, Aug- Sep 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General, Oct-Dec 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General, Jan-Feb 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 4: General, Mar-May 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5: General, Jun-Jul 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 6: General, Aug-Oct 1980Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General, Nov-Dec 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General, Jan-Mar 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General, Apr-Aug 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4: General, Sep-Dec 1981Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General, Jan-Apr 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General, May-Sep 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General, Oct-Dec 1982Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General, Jan-May 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General, Jun-Aug 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General, Sep-Dec 1983Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General, Jan-Feb 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General, Mar-May 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General, Jun-Aug 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 4: General, Sep-Aug 1985Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Meetings and Minutes, Nov 6-7, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Meetings and Minutes, 29 Jan 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Meetings and Minutes, 14 Apr 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Meetings and Minutes, 24 May 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Meetings and Minutes, 25 Jun 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Meetings and Minutes, 29 Jul 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Meetings and Minutes, 29 Jul 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Meetings and Minutes, 29 Jul 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Meetings and Minutes, 13 Oct 1976Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Meetings and Minutes, 3 Dec 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Meetings and Minutes, 21 Dec 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Meetings and Minutes, 19 Jan 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Meetings and Minutes, 30 Mar 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Meetings and Minutes, 20 Apr 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Meetings and Minutes, 8 Jun 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Meetings and Minutes, 16 Jul 1977Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Meetings and Minutes, 14 Sep 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Meetings and Minutes, 18 Oct 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Meetings and Minutes, 16 Nov 1977Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Meetings and Minutes, 11 Jan 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Meetings and Minutes, 12 Apr 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Meetings and Minutes, 12 Jul 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Meetings and Minutes, 27 Sep 1978Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Meetings and Minutes, 1 Oct 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Meetings and Minutes, 21 Feb 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Meetings and Minutes, 11 Apr 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Meetings and Minutes, 24 May 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Meetings and Minutes, 18 Jul 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Meetings and Minutes, 19 Sep 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Meetings and Minutes, 17 Oct 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Meetings and Minutes, 7 Nov 1979Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Meetings and Minutes, 27 Feb 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Meetings and Minutes, Mar 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Meetings and Minutes, 16 Apr 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Meetings and Minutes, 21 Aug 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Meetings and Minutes, 9 Oct 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Meetings and Minutes, 16 Dec 1980Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Meetings and Minutes, 18 Jan 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Meetings and Minutes, 10 Feb 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Meetings and Minutes, 11 Mar 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Meetings and Minutes, 9 Apr 1981Add to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Meetings and Minutes, 25 Jun 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Meetings and Minutes, 9 Jul 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Meetings and Minutes, 8 Oct 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Meetings and Minutes, 21 Oct 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Meetings and Minutes, 11 Nov 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Meetings and Minutes, 12 Nov 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Meetings and Minutes, 17 Nov 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Meetings and Minutes, 3 Dec 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Meetings and Minutes, 14 Jan 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Meetings and Minutes, Mar 1982Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Meetings and Minutes, 8 Jul 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Meetings and Minutes, 10 Dec 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Meetings and Minutes, 13 Jan 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Meetings and Minutes, 18 Jan 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Meetings and Minutes, 13 Oct 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Meetings and Minutes, 15 Nov 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Meetings and Minutes, 2 Feb 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Meetings and Minutes, 27 Apr 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Meetings and Minutes, 12 Jul 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Meetings and Minutes, 12 Jul 1984Add to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Meetings and Minutes, 15 Nov 1984Add to your cart.
Box 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Meetings and Minutes, 22 May 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Meetings and Minutes, 19 Aug 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Mission Model, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Box 20Add to your cart.
Folder 4: President's Committee, 1981-1984Add to your cart.

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