By Kathleen Krebbs Whitson
After operating his manner via university, Priest performed expert baseball earlier than serving in Naval Intelligence in the course of global struggle II. His diverse stories assisted in shaping his management type, usually categorised as autocratic and infrequently truculent in conservative convictions. a similar relentless force that introduced him feedback additionally introduced him luck and compliment. Forthright honesty and risk-taking selection mixed with imaginative and prescient caused many optimistic results.
Priest’s occupation in better schooling 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 university District. Over the following fifteen years Priest remodeled the junior collage software into the Dallas County neighborhood collage District (DCCCD) and outfitted it as much as seven faculties. He played significant roles within the evolution of nursing schooling, the founding of a telecommunications middle for the creation of televised classes, the supply and recognition of vocational schooling, and in higher breadth in noncredit classes. After his retirement in 1981, he persevered to function Chancellor Emeritus till 2003.
Drawing from documents in addition to from a variety of interviews with Priest and his own affiliates, Kathleen Krebbs Whitson offers the lifetime of an enormous in Texas schooling and divulges his lasting impact upon the neighborhood collage movement.
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34 He was pelted by accolades which set a high bar for him. It also piqued his curiosity about what the true decisive factor had been for the board in selecting him. The six-hour interview had been held at the Lancers Club on the top floor of the building. Priest had been described as looking 40 • Chapter Four like a cross between a prize fighter and Papa Bear, not presidential looking. On that occasion, he wore a checkered sport coat and his trademark bow tie. ”35 Priest described the interview as a love-fest in that there had been immediate rapport.
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. There was not only a need to provide educational preparation for college leaders, but also, a need to educate the many newly appointed/elected board of trustee members in the multifaceted aspects of the mission, organizational structure of junior and community colleges, and how to begin to plan.
Even in the routine of daily life was the ever-present reminder of the terrible world trauma that had brought him there. He once saw a man walking down the beach carrying another man’s head by the hair. ” The American English idiom of using the part to represent the whole had been taken literally in translation. After the fighting had ended, the devastation continued. Priest witnessed a group of Filipino fisherman who had found an unexploded torpedo and were gathering the powder from it to use in killing fish.
Bill Jason Priest, Community College Pioneer by Kathleen Krebbs Whitson