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Frank L. McVey and the University of KentuckyA Progressive President and the Modernization of a Southern University$
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Eric A. Moyen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813129839

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813129839.001.0001

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Introduction: A Northern Progressive and a Southern University

Introduction: A Northern Progressive and a Southern University

(p.1) Introduction: A Northern Progressive and a Southern University
Frank L. McVey and the University of Kentucky

Eric A. Moyen

University Press of Kentucky

Frank LeRond McVey is rarely remembered as the former president of a state university, in spite of the fact that he previously was recognized as a prominent figure in the field of higher education in America. He was known at the University of Kentucky (UK) as the president who was able to guide the university through the Great Depression, and many historians of American higher education have not given full credit to his contributions. This relative anonymity, however, is not justified since McVey did indeed have considerable influence between World Wars I and II among various university leaders. McVey was able to amplify the academic stature of both the University of North Dakota as well as the UK. He was able to inspire higher goals through his experience in government and academic training, and through his knowledge of higher education.

Keywords:   academic training, higher education, government experience, University of Kentucky, Frank L. McVey, Great Depression

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