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By Kathleen Krebbs Whitson

There are few issues which are in basic terms American. On that brief record are baseball and the two-year group university. invoice Jason Priest possessed ability and acumen for either. the higher a part of his lifestyles was once spent constructing and defining the junior collage into the great neighborhood collage. His contributions earned him a prestigious position within the annals of upper schooling, yet his character was once no longer considered one of a stereotypical stodgy educator, neither is the tale of his lifestyles a dry read.

After operating his method via collage, Priest performed specialist baseball prior to serving in Naval Intelligence in the course of international struggle II. His assorted reviews contributed to shaping his management variety, frequently categorised as autocratic and infrequently truculent in conservative convictions. an analogous relentless force that introduced him feedback additionally introduced him luck and compliment. Forthright honesty and risk-taking decision mixed with imaginative and prescient led to many optimistic results.

Priest’s occupation in larger schooling started with the two-year collage procedure in California sooner than he used to be lured to Texas in 1965 to move the Dallas County Junior university District. Over the following fifteen years Priest remodeled the junior university 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 construction of televised classes, the supply and attractiveness of vocational schooling, and in larger breadth in noncredit classes. After his retirement in 1981, he endured to function Chancellor Emeritus until eventually 2003.

Drawing from files in addition to from a number of interviews with Priest and his own affiliates, Kathleen Krebbs Whitson provides the lifetime of an enormous in Texas schooling and divulges his lasting impact upon the group university movement.

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Commander Curtis Peck was Priest’s commanding officer for two years in Naval Intelligence. Peck did not have a formal education, but had an aptitude for understanding technology and had learned a great deal during a hitch as an enlisted radio man in World War I. In civilian life, he was the head engineer of RCA. Peck was proof that a liberal arts bachelor’s degree was not the only route to a successful career, nor did the lack of a four-year degree indicate a lack of intelligence. He and Priest engaged in long philosophical discussions.

It became the first link between Priest and the Board of Trustees of Dallas County Junior College District. T FOU R APT H C ER The Dallas Story Establishing the District and Hiring the President here were early attempts at establishing the junior college in the Dallas area, but those built in the late 1800s did not survive. 1 Efforts toward the establishment of a junior college for the Dallas area had been underway in one form or another for a decade. 2 The first aborted attempt began in 1956 when the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) appointed a Junior College Committee, and commissioned C.

The article also suggested developing formal criteria for the initial screening of candidates. The four general areas given were: academic training and credentials, experience, personal characteristics, and educational philosophy. Also, the article outlined a good method for developing a credible list of potential candidates. By drawing from junior college specialists from universities, and leaders from state and national junior college associations, a screening committee could be established whose members were well acquainted with top junior college professionals.

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