Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Bennett, Wayland
DATE OF INTERVIEW: March 21, 1985
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Rebecca Herring
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Wayland Bennett discusses his career in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas Tech University.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE:
Bennett's association with Tech
     Student
     Assistant professor (1945)
Effect of World War II on Texas Tech
     Drop in enrollment
Women in Ag-economics
     Potential problems
Tech enrollment (1946-47)
     Resultant problems
          Housing
          Teaching load
Agricultural Science Building (1946-47)
     Equipment and amenities
Nature of undergraduate program
Faculty increase 1950s-1960s
     Factors in departmental growth
"Agri-business"
Growth of cotton industry on South Plains
     Contribution of Universities
Research orientation
     State legislation (1950s)
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO: Research orientation (continued)
     Self Study (1961)
     Funding
Competition with land grand colleges
Preference for teaching
Maintenance of good faculty
Approachability of professors
Service as acting chairman (1957-67)
     Chairman McBride
     Accomplishments
Educational level of Ag-Eco faculty
     Accessibility of PhDs in Agricultural sciences
Chairman Bill Williams
     Qualifications and competence
     Growth of department
          Increased appropriations
     Relationship with Bennett
          Service as Associate Dean of College of Ag-sciences
RANGE DATES: 1945-1985
BULK DATES: 1945-1965