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J. Wade Gilley Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0600

This collection houses materials documenting the administration of University of Tennessee President J. Wade Gilley, including information on Gilley’s background and newspaper articles about his administration. Other topics include Gilley’s resume, the search process by which he was selected, and Gilley’s response to a budget crisis that threatened to shut down the University and resulted in administrative cutbacks and the elimination of the Chancellor’s position at the Knoxville campus. The collection also houses materials showing the scandal that erupted when English professor Linda Bensel-Meyers accused the University of academic fraud in the education of NCAA athletes and claimed that the athletic department was running university policy.

Dates

  • 1999-2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses materials documenting the administration of University of Tennessee President J. Wade Gilley, including information on Gilley’s background and newspaper articles about his administration.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Wade Gilley was born in Fries, Virginia on August 15, 1938. He earned his BS (1961), MS (1964), and PhD (1966) in Civil Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic and State University and undertook postgraduate work at the University of Florida and at Harvard University. He served as the Dean of the School of Science and Technology (1966-1967) and as President (1975-1978) at Bluefield (West Virginia) State College, as Secretary of Education for the State of Virginia (1987-1982), as Vice President and Professor at George Mason University (1982-1991), and as President and Professor at Marshall University (1991-1999) before becoming President of the University of Tennessee. Here, he presided over a budget crisis and administrative restructuring before resigning in 2001 amidst allegations of an inappropriate affair with a subordinate.

Arrangement

Collection consists of two folders.

Acquisition Note

Collection was donated to University Archives.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480