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  • Main Title The Presidency of William M. Pearce, Jr.: A History of Texas Wesleyan College From 1968 to 1978


  • Author: Taylor, Melodye Smith
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Smith, Howard Wellington
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Powell, James Don
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Minor Professor
  • Committee Member: Miller, James R.
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Bowman, Larry
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Lumsden, D. Barry
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 1990-05


  • English


  • Content Description: For almost two hundred years, liberal arts colleges dominated the American system of higher education. The Wesleyan movement into education was a missionary movement to provide an education to those denied this privilege by the class prejudices of the eighteenth century. Founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Texas Wesleyan University (originally known as Polytechnic College) began in 1891 with 11 faculty members and 173 students. It has survived despite the hardships of The Depression, economic adversities, and a severe financial crisis in the 1980s. Today with 73 faculty and 1,550 students, Texas Wesleyan remains committed to its original mission that the goal of education is the development of each student to his or her greatest potential. William M. Pearce, born in the woman's dormitory of Seth Ward College in Plainview, Texas, resigned his position as executive vice-president of Texas Technological University to become the thirteenth president of Texas Wesleyan College in June 1968. Upon assuming office, Pearce realized the need to concentrate his efforts on those things in need of repair and improvement. There was no faculty organization, no tenure, no formal budget process, and Texas Wesleyan was lacking many other standards usually found in institutions of higher education. Following his grassroots philosophy, Pearce began making immediate changes. Pearce brought to the college widely used and accepted practices of college and university administration. Pearce's administrative style was autocratic yet contained a degree of participative management. His organizational structure provided avenues for faculty and student participation in college administration. His accomplishments during his 10-year administration, while not extraordinary, were necessary and added to the future health and success of Texas Wesleyan College. Without them the college would have remained in the dark ages of higher education. A reserved man, Pearce's experience, capabilities, straightforwardness, and quiet initiative were necessary for Texas Wesleyan's evolution into modern higher education. A history of the presidency of William M. Pearce is critical to understanding where Texas Wesleyan University has been, where it is now, and where it may be in the future.
  • Physical Description: vii, 244 leaves: ill.


  • Keyword: Texas Wesleyan College
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Pearce, William M. (William Martin), 1913-
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth.
  • Keyword: William M. Pearce


  • Place Name: United States - Texas - Tarrant County - Fort Worth
  • Place Name: United States - Texas


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights Holder: Taylor, Melodye Smith
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • Accession or Local Control No: 1002718886-Taylor
  • Call Number: 379 N81d no.3193
  • UNT Catalog No.: b1452224
  • OCLC: 23086153
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc330679


  • Academic Department: College of Education
  • Degree Discipline: Higher and Adult Education
  • Degree Level: Doctoral
  • Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Degree Publication Type: disse
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas