Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Smith, Roland
DATE OF INTERVIEW: November 21, 1975
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Joanna Shurbet
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 50 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Roland Smith, professor of Political Science at Texas Tech, recalls his experiences during the 1969 name change controversy at Tech and assesses the future of the issue.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Recollections of 1969 controversy
Personal feelings toward present name
Other technological colleges
Handicap of present name
Recruiting
Faculty and student behavior
Character assassination
Stand of local legislators
Ex-Students Association
Sentimentality
Position of Tech presidents
Father of name change (1969)
Press coverage
Effect of nationwide campus unrest
Role of anti-intellectualism
Ad hoc name change committee (1975)
Origins
Dr. Clarence Belt
Composition
Operations
Results
Legislators and Board of Regents
Opposition
Clint Formby
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Resignation of Dr. Grover Murray
Board of Regents
Influence of media coverage
Importance of Dr. Murray’s resignation
Significance of name
Future of issue
Suggested names
Hindrance of present name
Influence of the Texas governor
Compositions of boards of regents
Influence of money
RANGE DATES: 1969-1975
BULK DATES: 1969-1975