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Creator WKU President's Office - Downing
Title UA3 President's Office Series 4. Dero Downing
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Records
Year Range From 1958
Year Range To 1979
Description Records created by the President's Office during the Dero Downing Administration, as well as records created by Downing in some of the other positions he held at WKU. The records are arranged in the following sub-series:

Series 1. Correspondence / Subject File
Series 2. Construction File
Series 3. Council of Higher Education File
Series 4. Film File
Series 5. Personnel File
Series 6. Regents File
Subseries 1. Meeting Minutes
Subseries 2. Committees
Series 7. Speech File
Series 8. Interviews/Oral History
Series 9. Publications
Series 10. Personal Papers
Admin / Biog History The president's office was created in 1906. The search for the fourth president of WKU began with Kelly Thompson's resignation announcement May 21, 1969. Vice President for Administrative Affairs Dero Downing indicated that he would serve if asked. The Board of Regents elected him president on August 22, 1969. He served until his retirement in 1979.

Dero Downing was born September 10, 1921 at Fountain Run in Monroe County, Kentucky, and grew up at Horse Cave in Hart County. He enrolled at WKU in 1939 where he played basketball and earned both a bachelor's and master's degree. After serving in the Navy in World War II, he returned to Western as a mathematics teacher and coach at the College's Training School. He later became director of the Training School, college registrar, dean of admissions, dean of business affairs, and vice-president for administrative and business affairs. Upon his resignation as president in 1979 Downing became president of the College Heights Foundation, a position he held until his death on April 4, 2011.
Subjects Western Kentucky University
School integration
Civil rights
Segregation in higher education --Kentucky --History.
People Downing, Dero Goodman, 1921-2011
Related Materials UA1F WKU Archives Multimedia Resources
UA2 - Board of Regents Records
Catalog Number UA3.4
Dates of Creation 1958-1979
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA3
Level of Description Series
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