By Kathleen Krebbs Whitson
After operating his means via collage, Priest performed expert baseball prior to serving in Naval Intelligence in the course of international conflict II. His diverse studies contributed to shaping his management type, frequently categorized as autocratic and infrequently truculent in conservative convictions. an identical relentless force that introduced him feedback additionally introduced him good fortune and compliment. Forthright honesty and risk-taking choice mixed with imaginative and prescient caused many optimistic results.
Priest’s occupation in larger schooling all started with the two-year university process in California sooner than he was once lured to Texas in 1965 to go the Dallas County Junior university District. Over the following fifteen years Priest reworked the junior collage application into the Dallas County group collage District (DCCCD) and outfitted it as much as seven faculties. He played significant roles within the evolution of nursing schooling, the founding of a telecommunications middle for the construction of televised classes, the supply and popularity of vocational schooling, and in better breadth in noncredit classes. After his retirement in 1981, he persisted to function Chancellor Emeritus till 2003.
Drawing from records in addition to from a variety of interviews with Priest and his own affiliates, Kathleen Krebbs Whitson offers the lifetime of an immense in Texas schooling and divulges his lasting effect upon the group university movement.
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Each Wednesday night, they would meet at a midpoint to have dinner and talk. The secret was kept until Marietta was offered a contract for the following year. She did not intend to continue teaching there, but she could not afford to have a firing on her record if she ever intended to teach again. Life directions were a bit uncertain for the newlyweds. There was a war raging overseas and Priest felt that the United States could not continue its laissez-faire attitude much longer. He not only believed the U.
I wish to express to the people of Dallas County and to the Board of Trustees of its Junior College District my appreciation for the very great honor of being invited to serve as first chief administrator of your junior college district. Texas will be a new experience for me, and I anticipate that it will be a challenging and satisfying one. Your state is known for the high quality of performance that is demanded of its leaders and public servants. Your trustees have communicated to me this expectation of excellence.
Roberts, became interested in a junior college to serve all of Dallas County. 5 The board appointed a committee to conduct a study on the need for a Dallas County junior college. ” As recorded in J. D. ”6 This was a monumental statement in that it sparked the chain of events that resulted in the Dallas County Community College District. Roberts, however, was myopic in his view of the educational needs of Dallas County being limited to recent high school graduates. While the evolution of demographics has been slower for universities, junior colleges burgeoning in the post war years attracted and served a wide range of students of all ages.
Bill Jason Priest, Community College Pioneer by Kathleen Krebbs Whitson