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Frank L. McVey and the University of Kentucky: A Progressive President and the Modernization of a Southern University

Eric A. Moyen


In 1917, fifty-two years after its founding, the University of Kentucky faced stagnation, financial troubles, and disturbing reports of nepotism, resulting in a leadership crisis. A special committee investigated the institution and issued a report calling for a massive transformation of the university, including the hiring of a new president who could execute the report's suggested initiatives. The Board of Trustees hired Frank L. McVey. McVey labored tirelessly for more than two decades to establish Kentucky as one of the nation's most respected institutions of higher learning, which brought ... More

Keywords: University of Kentucky, nepotism, leadership crisis, financial crisis, South, Frank L. McVey, Great Depression

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813129839
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813129839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric A. Moyen, author