Is there a long arc of leadership?: the David Mathews administration of the University of Alabama in the 1970s

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dc.contributor Major, Claire Howell
dc.contributor Urban, Wayne J.
dc.contributor Bray, Nathaniel J.
dc.contributor Hardy, David E.
dc.contributor.advisor Holley, Karri A.
dc.contributor.author Waldron, Edward James
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-14T18:11:47Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-14T18:11:47Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003076
dc.identifier.other WaldronIII_alatus_0004D_13587
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/5208
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The new spirit, which asked serious questions of American democracy in the 1960s, turned into the actions and deliberations of the 1970s. Within Alabama, tectonic shifts in culture, economics, and politics – but especially civil rights - underpinned much of the Alabama experience in the 1970s. How would a 33-year-old president of a flagship university in the Deep South respond? The ethos guiding the Mathews’ Administration was a product of his times, which sought, in the words of President Lyndon B. Johnson, the "dignity of man, and the destiny of democracy." Two questions dominate this period in University history - First, what large issues confronted the University of Alabama during the 1970s, and what philosophical bases formed President Mathews’ decision making in confronting them? Second, what policy and political shifts existed in Alabama in this era? As Mathews quietly pushed the University of Alabama forward from desegregation toward full integration, many external factors began to weigh on the presidency of the University. Once an office of high autonomy, the presidency shifted as increasing pressures changed the University’s sense of identity and its relation within the state's political, economic, and social structures. Utilizing analytical essaying, this dissertation addresses the public flagship’s role to the public it serves while also understanding the implications a wider environment can have on a university’s mission. Ultimately asking whether this institution is a university in Alabama or the University of Alabama, Mathews saw education—more specifically the University's graduates and thus the University itself—as the best option toward improving the general welfare of Alabamians.
dc.format.extent 185 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Higher education administration
dc.title Is there a long arc of leadership?: the David Mathews administration of the University of Alabama in the 1970s
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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