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William Shelton served as President of Eastern Michigan University from 1989 until 2000. In this interview, Shelton details his upbringing in the Mississippi Delta and the hardships his family endured in his youth. Shelton details his experience as a student at Memphis State University, and as vice president for Institutional Advancement at Kent State University. Shelton also speaks about changing the controversial EMU logo and mascot. This interview is the second in a series of two interviews. This interview was conducted for the purpose of gathering primary research for Laurence Smith’s book, Eastern Michigan University: A Sesquicentennial Portrait (1999).
John Porter, inflation, James Brickley, racism, tuition costs, faculty strike, teacher’s union, League of Innovation, President’s Commission on Learning
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Smith, Laurence, "William Shelton Oral History Interview, 1999 April 19" (1999). Oral Histories. 17.