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A Southern University and a Northern Progressive 1917–1920

Eric A. Moyen

in Frank L. McVey and the University of Kentucky

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129839
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135694 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813129839.003.0003
A Southern University and a Northern Progressive 1917–1920

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As Frank McVey hastily accepted the University of Kentucky presidency, some believe that this was because he needed to avoid tension brewing in North Dakota. Abraham Flexner, who served as the secretary of New York's General Education Board was the one who recommended McVey to the presidential search committee after hearing about the opening in his home state. Although McVey was working on the East Coast, the search committee was able to contact him in a week. The committee immediately wanted to pursue McVey for the position. The Board of Trustees supported the recommendation. Both of McVey's parents offered advice regarding the position. This chapter looks into some of McVey's earlier experiences as he was recommended for the presidency.

Keywords: University of Kentucky; Abraham Flexner; General Education Board; Board of Trustees; presidency

Chapter.  15380 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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