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Nelson, J. Russell


Abstract Dr. J. Russell Nelson came to ASU in 1981 to be University President and he retired in 1989. He was born in Oregon but grew up in California and Utah. He received his PhD from UCLA and proceeded to teach at the University of Minnesota. He honed his administrative skills at the University of Colorado. When he arrived at ASU he was given the task of moving the university to a research university. In the interview he talks about the lack of teaching space and the effort required to reorient the faculties’ focus. Nelson spoke at length about several buildings, Hayden Library and the Nelson Fine Arts Center. There is discussion about getting around the Regents to get funding for the West Campus and the effort required to clean up the athletic de... (more)
Table of Contents 1. Introductions @ 0:00:00
2. Early Life @ 0:00:45
3. Academic Career Prior to ASU @ 0:15:41
4. Coming to ASU @ 0:21:49
Given new mission statement to transform ASU into a major research university
5. First Impressions @ 0:24:26
Crowded, under supplied with buildings
6. Transforming to Research University @ 0:27:15
a. Faculty / staff not aware of the actions of the Regents @ 0:27:15
b. Lack of teaching space / selling the idea of a Research University
@ 0:28:37
c. Student population a mix unlike California University system
@ 0:31:46
d. Educations for Research @ 0:36:25
7. Campus Buildings @ 0:38:20
Hideo Sasaki did campus / Hayden Library / Nelson Fine Arts Center,
8. Hobby @ 0:46:30
9. More on Nelson Fine Arts Center
a. Antoine Predo... (more)
Created Date 2006-01-09
Contributor Stevenson, Pam (Interviewer) / Agave Productions (Contractor) / Arizona State University Retirees Association (Producer)
Subject Buildings / Hayden Library / Nelson Fine Arts Center / Campuses / West / People / Sackton, Frank / Research
Series Position, President
Type Moving Image
Extent 110 minutes
Language English
Copyright
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Citation Nelson, J. Russell. Interview. 09 Jan. 2006. ASURA Video History Project. © Arizona Board of Regents. https://repository.asu.edu/items/36629
Note Pam Stevenson, Editor; Manny Garcia, Videographer; Bob Francis, Chair Video History Project.
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