Jones, Edward Newlon 1973-01-05

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Dr. E. N. Jones, former Texas Tech president, discusses his association with Tech as vice-president and president, his goals and accomplishments during that time, and the controversy over the Tech name change and dismissal of certain faculty members. In addition, he mentions prominent Tech personalities, speculates on its future, and expresses educational attitudes and philosophy. Particular documents are examined. Note: Tape 4 is restricted. (See the E. N. Jones reference file folder)

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Edward Newlon Jones

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: January 5, 1973

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 3 hours and 40 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Career with Texas A & I and first association with Texas Tech recalled, Wife’s illness mentioned, Dr. Dossie M. Wiggins’ selection by the Tech board cited, Explains decision to apply for Tech vice-presidency, Reveals impressions of Tech (1948), Reasons for Tech growth explored, Deficient landscaping cited, Wiggins’ administration characterized, Examines reasons for Wiggins’ resignation, Succession to the presidency described, Comments on wife’s death and second marriage, Attitude toward Wiggins’ resignation expressed, Discussion of personal papers, Statement of goals for Tech.

Tape 1, Side 2: Statement of goals (continued), Reflects on achievements, Administrative needs of Tech and administrative achievements noted, Recollection of celebration upon entry into Southwest Conference (1956), Role in acquiring Southwest Conference status perceived, Further review of efforts to attain Southwest Conference status, States personal attitude toward Tech athletics, Traces origin of Coliseum in Lubbock, Character of Tech student body evaluated.

Tape 2, Side 1: Tech faculty and president-faculty interaction discussed, Cites need for doctoral programs, Tech-Lubbock community relations explored, Notes sometimes erratic nature of community, Supported Tech athletics, Controversy concerning Board of Directors decision to dismiss Tech faculty members reviewed, Board’s traditional "executive session" condemned, Particular session described, Mentions irregularities of Board action and dissatisfaction of Board members with faculty, Recollection of personal remarks to the Tech Board, Evaluation and aftermath of the Board’s action, Censured by AAUP.

Tape 2, Side 2: Discussion of censure by AAUP (continued), Death of the controversy recalled, Name-change controversy examined, Reads from a 1959 report asking for name change, Personal opinions on name change expressed, Complications arose in choosing an alternate name, Clifford B. Jones characterized and motivations examined.

Tape 3, Side 1: Morley Jennings characterized, Praises Charles "Stoney" Wall, Comments on J. Roy Wells, Recollections of outstanding administrators, faculty and students of Texas Tech, Reasons for resignation as president reviewed, Regrets expressed in leaving Tech, Reflections on success and failure.

Tape 3, Side 2: Complications of limiting enrollment explained, Mentions effects of abnormal growth on Tech, Speculation on "permissiveness" in American society, Expresses attitudes concerning the size factor in the quality of education, Predictions on the future of the University of Houston and speculation on Tech’s future, Attitude toward Tech law and medical schools stated, Origin of computer center cited, Reads statements on meeting the needs of large post-war enrollment, Refers to 1954 document.

Tape 4, Side 1: For an explanation of the restriction, please see the E. N. Jones Reference File folder.

Tape 4, Side 2: Same as above.

Range Dates: 1930s-1960s

Bulk Dates: 1948-1960

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