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Title UA3 President's Office Series 4. Dero Downing Sub-Series 2. Construction File
Creator WKU President's Office - Downing
Description Records regarding the planning, construction and maintenance of buildings on the WKU campus. Downing held several positions at WKU before becoming president. Some of these records date to that earlier period.
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Records
Year Range From 1958
Year Range To 1979
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
Architectural drawings
People Downing, Dero Goodman, 1921-2011
Search Terms Guest Houses (WKU)
Grise Hall (WKU)
Home Economics (WKU)
Nursing (WKU)
Training School (WKU)
Heating Plant (WKU)
College High (WKU)
Finding Aids TopScholar -
Event Construction
Related Materials UA2 - Board of Regents Records
U3.3 - President's Office Records - Kelly Thompson Administration
UA30.2.1 - Planning, Design & Construction, Building File
Catalog Number UA3.4.2
Dates of Creation 1958-1979
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Genre Construction
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA3.4
Level of Description Subseries
Containers Grise Hall
Grise Hall
Grise Hall
Grise Hall
Grise Hall
Grise Hall
Heating Plant Expansion
Home Economics - Nursing Building
Industrial Education Building & Annex
Industrial Technology Building Renovation (Training School)
Old Fort Johnston - Site Development of the Hill
Guest Home
Cherry Hall Renovation