From VPI to State University: President T. Marshall Hahn, Jr. and the Transformation of Virginia Tech, 1962-1974

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Mercer University Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 444 pages
T. Marshall Hahn, Jr., became president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1962. By the time he left twelve years later, the school had become auniversity. No longer a small military school that emphasized agriculture and engineering for white male undergraduates, Virginia Technical Institute and State University had become a multiracial, coeducational research university with a thriving college of arts and sciences as well as burgeoning graduate programs.Bringing together the biography of a man and the history of an institution through a dozen years of transformation, Strother and Wellenstein discuss the school's tremendous growth in sheer numbers of faculty and students, the increased enrollment of female and non-white students, and the increased emphasis on intercollegiate athletics. From VPI to State University is the story of the transformation of public higher education in the United States -- especially in the South -- in the 1960s. Much of the book relies on the recollections of the people who -- as faculty, administrators, or other leaders -- experienced, even brought about, the changes chronicled in these pages.Warren H. Strother worked with Marshall Hahn for ten years while Hahn transformed VPI into a university. A South Carolina native, Strother grew up in Virginia and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in Journalism from Northwest University. After twelve years as a journalist he worked at Virginia Tech from 1964 to 1990.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
ConvergenceA Man and a School
5
Launching a Presidency
23
Let There Be a University
45
Three Rs of a University Faculty
71
Looking for MoneyAlumni and Development
95
President Hahn and State Policy 19621965
111
Athletics to Advance Academics 19621967
133
Alumni Reconciliation and University Development
261
University GovernanceToward a Faculty Senate
279
Changes in Student Population and Student Policy 19661974
289
Intercollegiate Athletics at a State University 19671974
313
Boundaries and ConnectionsVPI and Community Development
329
Marshall Hahn Virginia Tech and a Wider World
347
Centennial
371
Epilogue
391

Crisis over the Corps of Cadets 1964
151
Transition in Student Policy 19621966
169
The 1966 Virginia General Assembly
187
Getting Around and Getting Away
207
Construction Everywhere
217
AdministrationPersonalities and Personnel
239
Enrollment Data
405
Graduation Data
406
Members of the Board of Visitors
407
Bibliography
409
Index
423
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