Haragan, Donald 2011-08-23

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Donald Haragan talks about becoming the chair of the Geosciences department at Texas Tech University and later becoming President of Texas Tech University

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Interviewee Name: Donald Haragan

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Date: August 23, 2011

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: David Marshall

Length: 01:45:52


Introduction, Becoming chair of Geosciences Department, Summer of 1972, Getting into administration, Building up the department, Effects on teaching, Early mornings, Resigned as chairman, Becoming chairman again, Bill Conroy, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Becoming Associate Dean, Always a professor of geosciences, Time in the position, Becoming interim Dean of Arts and Sciences, Expectations of an interim Dean, Lauro Cavazos, Tenure policy, Rewriting the tenure policy, Faculty’s response, Becoming interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Relationship between the Provost and the Vice President, Being the permanent Vice President for Academic Affairs, Gene Payne, Issues with control, Appointing a committee, Fred Bucy, Liaison between the committee and the board, Putting together a tenure policy, New job title, Making changes, Challenges working with deans of a university, Lauro Cavazos leaves, Solar power project, Crosbyton project, Losing the competition, Lauro Cavazos, Pumping water, Projects about cloud seeding, Papers on various projects, Hail suppression, Climatology, Owen Ivy, Manipulating cloud precipitation, Effects of Cavazos leaving, Bob Lawless, Controversy with Bob Lawless, Against alcohol on campus, Merket Alumni Center, Disagreeing with the Board of Regents, Learning a lot from Bob Lawless, Bob Lawless leaves, Becoming interim president, Enjoying being president, Differences in jobs, Working with the legislature, Fundraising, Hiring consultants for fundraising, The California call, Difficulties associated with the presidency, NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) sanctions, Bringing in new compliance director, Lost sports scholarships, NCAA hearings, Time devoted to sports, Athletics being big business, Texas Tech study centers abroad, Creation of the Honors College, Recruiting top students, Intern program in Washington D. C., Satellite campuses, Hiring Gerald Meyers, Donations through athletics, Athletic facility upgrades, Supporters of Gerald Meyers, Getting to the point of leaving, Identifying with the position differently, Resigning as president, Changes made during leave, Going to the Honors College, Becoming interim chancellor, Primary roles of chancellor, Dealing with the Board of Regents, Becoming a university system, Horizon Campaign

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