Reflections in Time: Kirk Naylor

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Title

Reflections in Time: Kirk Naylor

Subject

NU Merger

Description

Interview with Dr. Kirk E. Naylor, President of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1967-1971. Producer/host, Paul Borge. Produced in cooperation with the UNO Alumni Association, College of Arts and Sciences, University Television.
The first excerpt from Kirk Naylor's interview, which can be found at timestamp 07:43:11-8:10:00 in the full episode of Reflections in Time, features a key passage from Dr. Naylor, "We had a choice at that point, of remaining a good, strong four-year liberal arts institution, with perhaps programs in some of the other areas--business administration, education, engineering--but really, not really going heavily into graduate work and expanding programs. So we had a decision. Either to do that, or to find some other way to finance the university." This didn't immediately lead to the merger, but circa 1966-1968 it did lead to the first state aid that OU ever had, in the form of some funds the legislature approved for the state's junior colleges, including OU. This bought OU some time to evaluate other options, namely, the merger.
The second excerpt from Kirk Naylor's interview, which can be found at timestamp 10:08:14-25:08:05 in the full episode of Reflections in Time, features Dr. Naylor's extended account of how the merger took place, from the first meeting between Dr. Naylor, Regent Bob Spire, and Nebraska Senator Terry Carpenter, through the legislative bill and ratification by the voters of Omaha, through post-merger growth at UNO, and through creation of a Central Administration not located on any of the campuses. Dr. Naylor also touches on the creation of UNMC, describing it as a "spin-off" of the OU-NU merger and commenting on his conversations with then UNMC President Cecil Wittson.

Creator

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Source

UNO Media Collection

Publisher

Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska at Omaha Libraries

Date

1981

Relation

UNO Media Collection finding aid available at https://archives.nebraska.edu/repositories/4/resources/216

Format

streaming video

Language

English

Type

television programs
moving image

Identifier

rfit-kirk-naylor

Citation

University of Nebraska at Omaha, “Reflections in Time: Kirk Naylor,” University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries Archives Online Exhibits, accessed July 8, 2020, https://uncl.omeka.net/items/show/211.

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