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By Kathleen Krebbs Whitson

There are few issues which are merely American. On that brief checklist are baseball and the two-year group university. invoice Jason Priest possessed ability and acumen for either. the higher a part of his lifestyles used to be spent constructing and defining the junior university into the great neighborhood university. His contributions earned him a prestigious position within the annals of upper schooling, yet his character used to be now not one in every of a stereotypical stodgy educator, neither is the tale of his existence a dry read.

After operating his manner via university, Priest performed specialist baseball prior to serving in Naval Intelligence in the course of international warfare II. His diversified stories assisted in shaping his management variety, usually categorised as autocratic and occasionally truculent in conservative convictions. a similar 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 confident results.

Priest’s occupation in greater schooling begun with the two-year university process in California sooner than he used to be lured to Texas in 1965 to move the Dallas County Junior collage District. Over the subsequent fifteen years Priest remodeled the junior collage application into the Dallas County neighborhood university District (DCCCD) and equipped it as much as seven faculties. He played significant roles within the evolution of nursing schooling, the founding of a telecommunications middle for the construction of televised classes, the supply and attractiveness of vocational schooling, and in better breadth in noncredit classes. After his retirement in 1981, he persevered to function Chancellor Emeritus till 2003.

Drawing from records in addition to from quite a few interviews with Priest and his own affiliates, Kathleen Krebbs Whitson provides the lifetime of an immense in Texas schooling and divulges his lasting impression upon the group collage movement.

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Priest indicated that the only unanimous vote he ever received was the one releasing him from his contract to come to accept the Dallas job. ”31 The unanimous vote of the Dallas board for Priest was refreshing. Priest was equally surprised and pleased to find the positive reporting of the local press. In California, the norm seemed to be for the news media to take an adversarial role with the administration of institutions of higher education. Even modest raises could create accusatory headlines.

His assignment was as officer in charge of Mackay radio operations. The duty station had two officers and nine men. Initially the work shifts covered seven days a week. A day off was assigned to each man, Priest’s was Saturday. With the schedule being staggered eight-hour shifts, Priest ended up with fifty-six consecutive hours off-duty. Never one to be content with only one task, with approval from his superior officer, Priest enrolled in classes at Berkeley. This required loss of sleep, but it was for a limited time and the outcome would be worth it.

16 This board was positioned to bring monumental changes to the educational opportunities for the citizens of Dallas County, who then would affect far-reaching changes. In an interview in July 1994, Margaret McDermott recounted, “There we were; seven people with the money we needed and none of us truly expert in designing a college. ”17 As a self-acknowledgment of their own lack of experience in developing an institution of higher education, the board decided not to set any policies or write any by-laws until after consulting with experts in the field and after the hiring of a president.

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