Reflections in Time: Robert Spire

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Title

Reflections in Time: Robert Spire

Subject

NU Merger

Description

Interview with Attorney General of Nebraska, Robert Spire, former student, night school faculty member in the College of Education (1955-1963), and member (1963-1968) of the Board of Regents of the University of Omaha. Producer/host, Paul Borge. Produced in cooperation with the UNO Alumni Association, College of Arts and Sciences, University Television.
In this excerpt, which can be found at timestamp 43:30:09-56:52:26 in the full episode of Reflections in Time, Robert Spire, then president of the OU Board of Regents, provides considerable detail on the Regents' role in the merger. Unanimously in fall 1966, the Regents decided that mission of the university was to serve students in Omaha who couldn't afford to go to school elsewhere. With the failure of both mil levy elections, the Regents felt that OU simply could not finance their mission. OU income came only from student fees and the mil levy; by law, OU could not borrow money. Fear of pricing their students out of their education drove the Regents to the State for funds. Nebraska was just then in the process of creating its first sales and income tax, so it seemed like a prudent move to have OU become a state institution, so some state tax money from Omaha residents would come back to Omaha. The Regents driving force through the process was a desire to ensure that students continued to have quality instructors at convenient times and affordable prices.

Creator

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Source

UNO Media Collection

Publisher

Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska at Omaha Libraries

Date

1985

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

Coverage

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Citation

University of Nebraska at Omaha, “Reflections in Time: Robert Spire,” University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries Archives Online Exhibits, accessed April 6, 2020, https://uncl.omeka.net/items/show/212.

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