Archive Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Creator WKU President's Office - Thompson
Title UA3 President's Office Series 3. Kelly Thompson Subseries 5. Interviews/Oral History
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Records
Year Range From 1955
Year Range To 1993
Description Interviews and oral history tapes of and about Kelly Thompson and subjects related to Western Kentucky University.
Admin / Biog History The president's office was created in 1906. Assistant to the President Edwin Kelly Thompson became acting president during Paul Garrett's last illness. Upon Garrett's death February 28, 1955 the Board of Regents approved Thompson to continue as acting president until a replacement could be found. He was elected president on October 17, 1955 a position he held until his retirement in 1969.

Kelly Thompson was born in Lebanon, Kentucky on January 28, 1909. He came to Western in the fall of 1928 on a football scholarship and earned bachelor's and master's degrees. Thompson spent his early career at WKU as college representative and publicity director. During World War II he served in the Navy, after which he returned to campus to work as an assistant to E.A. Diddle and President Paul Garrett. [Harrison, pp. 139-143]

During his tenure as president, Thompson oversaw a steady increase in student population which resulted in the construction of new buildings and WKU gained university status in 1966. He stepped down in 1969 and later went on to serve as president of the College Heights Foundation. Thompson died August 14, 1993.
Subjects Western Kentucky University
People Thompson, E. Kelly, 1909-1993
Diddle, Edgar Allen, 1895-1970
Finding Aids TopScholar - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/206/
Related Materials UA1F Kelly Thompson Vertical File, Part 1
UA1F Kelly Thompson Vertical File, Part 2
UA1F Kelly Thompson Vertical File, Part 3
UA2 - Board of Regents Records
Catalog Number UA3.3.5
Physical Characteristics Audiocassettes
Dates of Creation 1955-1993
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA3.3
Level of Description Subseries
Containers Kelly Thompson on E.A. Diddle - Film/Video/Audio File