John Christopher Stevens: a Study of his Presidential Administration at Abilene Christian University Abilene, Texas, 1969-1981 Page: 69
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and destroy mission. As it turned out later, Stevens was
the only person granted a doctoral degree in history for a
number of years, because an unusual thing happened. The
history faculty got crosswise with the administration
because they claimed that they had not been given some
things that had been promised for the program. Their
contention was that they had been promised a considerable
augmentation of resources. The administration agreed, but
the legislature of Arkansas did not follow through. The
faculty then got quite rebellious and brought a
distinguished historian, William B. Hessletine, from the
University of Wisconsin, to come down and evaluate their
program. Hessletine, after spending several days on campus
talking to the faculty and looking at their library
resources, the number of scholarships and fellowships, and
various other aspects of the program, said, "Well, you
started this program prematurely, and you're really not
ready." The university then announced that the program was
Because there were a number of men in the program, the
University started locating other places for them to go.
Harlan Perryman, who was a very sharp student, got a good
fellowship at Pennsylvania State University. Willard
Fletcher, who had been born in Belgium and was also a very
capable student, got a fellowship at the University of
Pennsylvania, and Basil Dimatrician went to the University
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Roach, James Kenneth, 1935-. John Christopher Stevens: a Study of his Presidential Administration at Abilene Christian University Abilene, Texas, 1969-1981, dissertation, December 1994; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc278826/m1/76/: accessed May 13, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .