Gaston, W Tom 1963-05-22

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This interview is concerned mainly with Mr. Gaston's work as the Budget Director of Texas Tech and of the State of Texas. Mr. Gaston introduced the Latitude clause into the Budget of Texas, which authorized Boards of Directors to make necessary changes in their own budges within the whole amount provided for that particular school. His suggestion to classify the colleges and universities to determine teachers' salaries was also put into effect.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: W. Tom Gaston

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Date: May 22, 1963

Location: Home, 2623 22nd St., Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: B. W. Aston

Length: 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Location of home in Lubbock (4), Gaston came to Texas Tech in 1929 (14), Was offered position in 1928 but was tied up with the state budget and later with an appropriation bill in legislature (20), Resigned as Budget Director of Texas in 1929 to accept position at Texas Tech (42), Prevented state legislature from eliminating engineering making Tech a teacher's college (75), Inefficiency of a group of "inspectors" who made a survey of Tech (89), Introduced the Latitude Clause in the State Budge of 1929 (122), Proposed classifying schools in determining teachers' salaries in order to eliminate competition for salaries among schools of the same class (189), Texas Tech would be a Class II school (210), Was in charge of the finances of Tech as a member of the Administrative Council during Dr. (Clifford B. ?) Jones' absence (240).

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1928-1929

Bulk Dates: 1928-1929

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