By Kathleen Krebbs Whitson
After operating his means via collage, Priest performed expert baseball sooner than serving in Naval Intelligence in the course of global warfare II. His various reviews assisted in shaping his management sort, frequently classified as autocratic and occasionally 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 profession in better schooling all started with the two-year university approach in California sooner than he was once lured to Texas in 1965 to go the Dallas County Junior collage District. Over the following fifteen years Priest remodeled the junior collage application into the Dallas County neighborhood university District (DCCCD) and equipped it as much as seven schools. He played significant roles within the evolution of nursing schooling, the founding of a telecommunications heart for the creation of televised classes, the supply and attractiveness of vocational schooling, and in better breadth in noncredit classes. After his retirement in 1981, he persevered to function Chancellor Emeritus until eventually 2003.
Drawing from data in addition to from a number of interviews with Priest and his own affiliates, Kathleen Krebbs Whitson offers the lifetime of a tremendous in Texas schooling and divulges his lasting effect upon the group university movement.
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C. Colvert from the University of Texas to conduct a feasibility study. That study would include an indication of the interest on the part of the Dallas citizenry in having a junior college. In July of 1958, DISD superintendent, W. T. White withdrew the plans. 3 The Dallas school district 30 The Dallas Story • 31 was not integrated until the late sixties. It was an issue some educational leaders were not ready to address in the late fifties. Dallas was not without a college. Southern Methodist University opened in 1915, but it was not founded with the intent of providing education to residents of the greater Dallas area.
AAJC and Kellogg brought into partnership ten of the larger universities in the country to offer doctoral programs. These programs were funded by grants from the Kellogg Foundation but each university developed its own curriculum and degree requirements. The University of Texas in Austin, under the direction of C. C. Colvert, was one of the ten. There were four higher education administrators selected by the Kellogg Foundation to monitor and evaluate the ten projects. Priest was one of the four and the only one from a two-year college district.
Utilizing some of those graduate courses toward the doctorate and his master’s thesis, “Administration of Philippine Education Under the Commonwealth Government,” as the first chapter of his dissertation, “Philippine Education in Transition,” he earned his Ed. D. from Berkeley a year later, in May of 1947. Priest’s war assignment had assisted in his collection of data and had given him the rare opportunity to research a subject for which no other North American academician would have the same knowledge base as he.