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Oral history interview with W. Wayne Townsend, 2007 Oct. 25

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TitleOral history interview with W. Wayne Townsend, 2007 Oct. 25
IntervieweeTownsend, W. Wayne
InterviewerMarkee, Katherine
Purdue ID NumberPOH0708010(Townsend)
Date RecordedOctober 25, 2007
Abstract of InterviewW. Wayne Townsend was a member of the Purdue University Board of Trustees from 1989 to 2004 and the Vice Chair from 1993 to 2004. Townsend discusses growing up in northern Indiana on a farm which has been in the family since the mid 19th century and his graduation from Purdue in 1951 with a BS in Agriculture. He provides a view of campus life and Chauncey Village in the late 1940s. Townsend describes the work of the Board of Trustees Physical Facilities Committee, which he was chair of from 1995 to 2004. He also discusses the Universitys Strategic Plan in 2001, Board of Trustees discussions about tuition, diversity and relationship to the Strategic Plan, the Campaign for Purdue, his service on Presidential search committee for replacement to Steven C. Beering, and participation in the Alumni Association where he was awarded a certificate of distinction in 1989. Other awards include Sagamore of the Wabash, Master Farmer by Indiana Prairie Farmer, and Outstanding Agriculture Alumnus. He has recently established The Townsend Outstanding Communicator in Agriculture Debate Competition.
SubjectsPurdue University--Administration
Purdue University. Board of Trustees
Townsend, W. Wayne--Interviews
Genre (AAT)interviews
oral history (document genres)
video recordings
Media Typevideo
Original Formatvideo
Duration46 min.
CollectionPurdue University Oral History Program Collection
RepositoryPurdue University Libraries, Karnes Archives and Special Collections
RightsCopyright Purdue University. All rights reserved.
URI ark:/34231/c6f47n7j
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