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Title UA3 President's Office Series 8. Thomas Meredith Subseries 9 Interviews/Oral History 1. Tall Tale Tom
Creator WKU President's Office - Meredith
Description Satirical song regarding Thomas Meredith's trip to Europe at WKU expense. Song also references WKU Foundation administrator Robert Rutledge as "Texas Bob."
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Records
Date 1994/ /
Year Range From 1994
Year Range To 1994
Admin / Biog History The president's office was created in 1906. The search for a new president began with Kern Alexander's resignation announcement on April 11, 1988. The Board of Regents elected Thomas Meredith as president August 5 and installed September 21, 1988. Under Meredith's leadership, the campus expanded with the purchase of the Bowling Green Center, creation the Institute of Economic Development and the implementation of the first strategic plan Western XXI. He also hired WKU's first female vice president, Barbara Burch. Meredith had served the university for a little over eight years when he announced his resignation February 5, 1997.

Thomas Carter Meredith was born in Owensboro December 7, 1941. He obtained his BS from Kentucky Wesleyan in 1963, his MS from WKU in 1966 and his PhD from the University of Mississippi in 1971. His early career was spent teaching high school in Owensboro, Kentucky and LaHarpe, Illinois. From there he moved into administrative positions in Jeffersonville, Indiana and the board of trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning in Mississippi. Meredith was vice chancellor for executive affairs at the University of Mississippi when he came to WKU in 1988.
Subjects Western Kentucky University
Folk songs
People Meredith, Thomas Carter, 1941-
Search Terms Satire
Finding Aids TopScholar -
Catalog Number UA3.8.9.1
Physical Characteristics Audiocassette
Copyrights T.K. Stand owns copyright to his performance. No duplication of audiotape will be made without his written permission.
Dates of Creation 1994
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Extent 1 audiotape
Recording Media Cassette Tape
Narrator's Name T.K. Stand
Interview Date 1994-01-01
Length of Interview 3:17
Interview Restrictions do not reproduce audiotape
Media Quantity 1
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA3.8.9
Level of Description Item