William S. Gaither administration records
Held at: Drexel University: Archives and Special Collections [Contact Us]W. W. Hagerty Library, 3300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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William S. Gaither was born in Indiana in 1932. He studied civil engineering at the Rose Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 1956. Before continuing with his graduate education he worked for the Meyer Corporation, the Dravo Corporation, and the Bechtel Corporation as an engineer. In 1964 he received a Ph.D from Princeton University concentrating his work on marine transportation and ocean engineering. He taught at Princeton University and the University of Florida.
In 1967 he started an ocean engineering program at the University of Delaware. In 1970 he was offered the position of Dean and Professor of the College of Marine Studies at Delaware where he was also the Sea Grant Program Director. This Program is an organization which honors colleges that have developed a curriculum for studying the oceans and human impact on them. During his career he frequently testified to Congress on environmental and oceanographic issues. In 1984 he left the University of Delaware for the position of President of Drexel where he created eleven new majors and increased alumni giving. Gaither’s Inauguration as President of Drexel was held on April 27, 1985. He also worked on programs to enhance minority student enrollment at Drexel. During his tenure at Drexel he was on the boards of the University City Science Center, the PenJerDel Council, and the West Philadelphia Partnership.
In April of 1987, a female staff member alleged that Gaither had made inappropriate sexual advances to her. She made a formal complaint, but withdrew it when he apologized. The Board of Trustees gave him a vote of no confidence during the summer of 1987 and he was forced to resign.
see Gaither Personal Information in 1.11 Office of the President, Series 3 and 1.9 William S. Gaither Administrative Files
"A University with a Difference: The Unique Vision of Anthony J. Drexel," by Dr. Constantine Papadakis http://www.drexel.edu/papadakis/newcomen/index.html accessed 4/8/08.
"History of Sea Grant," Sea Grant: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationhttp://www.seagrant.noaa.gov/aboutsg/historyofsg.html, accessed 04/04/2008 1:18 p.m.
This collection consists chiefly of a set of subject files on organizations, university offices and departments, special projects, and administrative topics compiled by Drexel president William S. Gaither. The collection also contains a record of Dr. Gaither's outgoing correspondence from June 1984 to December 1986 and a box of certificates presented to him at his inauguration. The collection contains correspondence, memoranda, speeches, reports, memos, drafts, inauguration certificates, and brochures. It is organized in the following series:
Series 1 General Administrative Files has seven sub-series: Sub-Series A: Administrative (48 folders) contains folders on many different issues in which the Office of the President is involved, both on campus and off. Sub-series B: Alumni (6 folders) and includes information on specific alumni and general surveys of alumni. Sub-Series C: Committees (25 folders) includes both on campus and off-campus committees of which Gaither was a member during his tenure as President. These include University City Science Center and Philadelphia area organizations. Sub-Series D: Computers (6 folders) has information on the impact of personal computers and students use of them at Drexel during the early 1980’s. Sub-Series E: Faculty and Personnel (25 folders) includes faculty council minutes and personnel records. There are also two folders on Drexel President W.W. Hagerty which provide biographical information on his career. Sub-Series F: is Fundraising and Financial Matters (8 folders) which includes budgets and other items form the Office of the Treasurer. Sub-Series G: Gaither, William S. (10 folders) is devoted entirely to President Gaither’s professional career. There are copies of speeches written by him, correspondence to and from him on a wide array of subjects, his inaugural address, publications from his early administration, and arrangements for travel that he did while President of Drexel.
Series 2 (33 folders) contains correspondence from 1984 to 1987.
Series 3 Inauguration (18 folders) contains Inauguration certificates from 1985 which were sent to Drexel by other colleges and universities upon Gaither’s inaugural and administrative records about the planning of the inauguration.
Series 4 Research (19 folders) contains information on different research projects in which Drexel was involved during Gaither’s tenure. There is a substantial amount of correspondence form Richard Schneider, the Vice President of research during the 1980’s at Drexel.
Series 5 Schools and Colleges (19 folders) includes data on different colleges and academic programs of study within Drexel and material on endowed chairs at Drexel.
Series 6 Students (14 folders) includes correspondence with the Vice President for Student Affairs on varied issues involving students and the administration at Drexel.
Series 7 University Relations and Public Affairs (35 folders) contains considerable correspondence to and from the Vice President of Public affairs at Drexel. There is also correspondence and reports from Cassidy and Associates, a firm Drexel hired for university relations projects.
Series 8 University Owned Real Estate (16 folders) contains folders on the Drexel Lodge, insurance, new residence buildings at Drexel, and ideas for academic buildings.
- General Administration Files
- Schools and Colleges
- University Relations and Public Affairs
- University Owned Real Estate
Biographical Notes from the Collection. Office of the President 1.11, Series 3 and 1.9 William S. Gaither Administrative Files Biographical notes from the collection. James Creese Administration Records, 1.7, Series 1, Sub-Series A.http://www.drexel.edu/papadakis/newcomen/index.html accessed 4/8/08. http://www.seagrant.noaa.gov/aboutsg/historyofsg.html, accessed 04/04/2008 1:18 p.m.
Transferred from the Office of the President, Drexel University
This collection was reprocessed by Robin Elliot and Cheryl Klimaszewski in 2008. The finding aid and box and folder lists were revised and expanded at that time. Though the collection was organized intellectually into series, general physical arrangement of the records was not changed.
- College buildings--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
- College presidents--Inauguration
- Drexel University--Administration
- Drexel University--African Americans--Education (Higher)
- Drexel University--Alumni and alumnae
- Drexel University--Buildings
- Drexel University--Development
- Drexel University--Faculty
- Drexel University--History
- Drexel University--Students
- School budgets
- Women--Education (Higher)
- Drexel University: Archives and Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Robin Elliot and Cheryl Klimaszewski
- Finding Aid Date
- Access Restrictions
Student and Faculty records are restricted for eighty years from date of creation.
This series has seven sub-series on various administrative issues.Physical Description
handwritten notes, memoranda, resolution, correspondence
correspondence, memoranda, bluelines
newspaper clippings, memos, brochure
brochure, policy, memoranda
newspaper clippings, photocopied articles
by-laws, correspondence, memoranda, booklets
correspondence, program, handwritten notes, memorandum
memoranda, programs, notes
board member list, correspondence, address
memos, correspondence, transcripts
program, address draft, correspondence
reports, memos, correspondence
correspondence, brochures, journal, business card, membership directory
correspondence, memoranda, reports, photocopies, cooperative education
correspondence, memoranda, policy drafts
address, memoranda, correspondence
scholarly articles, correspondence, ICRIE
memoranda, report, newspaper articles, registration lists
correspondence, notes, business cards
memoranda, Vice President for Administration
handwritten notes, brochures, photocopies
correspondence, "consent to publish" form, speaker abstracts, programs
incident reports, memoranda, correspondence, handwritten notes, petition
memoranda, project descriptions, correspondence, pamphlets
membership lists, correspondence, memoranda
memoranda, stamement of registration, attendance lists
correspondence, memoranda, qualifications of possible board members
memoranda, correspondence, proposal, brochures, drafts
memoranda, permits, correspondence
agendas, photocopies, memoranda
correspondence, memoranda, photocopies, news releases, address
memoranda, newspaper articles
photocopied newspaper articles
correspondence, data forms
correspondence, handwritten notes
reports, correspondence, memoranda, brochures, handwritten notes
program agenda, correspondence, memoranda
correspondence, brochures, reports, plastic bag, annual reports, plans
correspondence, budgets, memos
Letter and copy of article re: race relations at Penn.
survey visit, correspondence, summary, memo
Report and minutes of annual meeting, brochure listing members.
Correspondence, reports and newspaper articles re: PA Governor Thornburgh and education. Reports, pamphlets and brochures for new members.
Correspondence and reports re: properties owned by Drexel in Powelton Village. Includes two Polaroid photographs.
Correspondence, reports and handwritten notes re: Drexel relationship with Powelton community.
Reports, correspondence and handwritten notes and drafts re: negotiations with Powelton Village Civic Association for new dormitory.
Correspondence, minutes, publicity flyers and reports.
Correspondence, draft reports, minutes and reports.
Letter and handwritten notes.
invitations, newsletters, correspondence, handwritten correspondence, photographs
correspondence, handwritten notes, business cards, mailing list
memorandum, surveys, handwritten notes
memoranda, reports, photocopies, correspondence
memoranda, correspondence, minutes, brochures
memoranda, financial reports
folders, memoranda, pamphlets, booklets
memoranda, pamphlets, booklets, agendas
memos, correspondence, pamphlets
nominee forms, correspondence, brochure
correspondence, report, folder
memoranda, agenda, chronology
correspondence, attendance lists, reports, programs
memoranda, report, summary, draft
academic papers, memoranda, studies, handwritten notes
summary, reports, agenda
handwritten notes, memoranda, correspondence, salary sheets
correspondence, minutes, memoranda
correspondence, procedures, memorandum, photocopied article
policy, drafts, memo
correspondence, memoranum, recommendations, folder
recommendations, handwritten notes
memorandum, policy, drafts
Triangle obituary, address
newspaper clippings, correspodnence, envelopes, notecards, handwritten notes
correspondence, memoranda, folder
correspondence, memos, resumes, handwritten notes
correspondence, reports, alumni magazines
newspaper clippings, correspodnence, employee negotiations, handwritten notes
correspondence, photocopied articles, reports
correspondence, memoranda, New Business Incubator Working Paper, photocopied articles, Pooled Endowment Fund portfolio holdings
correspondence, memoranda, report, memo
memoranda, correspondence, review, budgets, blueline
memoranda, memo, budget analysis
correspondence, memo, attachments
correspondence, brochures, alumni magazine of Drexel, newsletters
newsletters, correspondence, donor lists, receipts, financial forms
drafts of reports, pamphlets
press releases, memoranda, drafts, correspondence, testimony
biographical material, questionaire answers, resumes, photocopied articles
inaugural address, remarks, addresses
drafts, remarks, Hagerty memorial address
addresses, remarks, programs, drafts
This series has correspondence from the Presidency of William S. Gaither.Physical Description
This series contains inauguration certificates and administrative files on the inauguration.Physical Description
business cards, memo, folder, handwritten notes, photocopies, board of trustees,
VIP Invitation Lists, correspondence
correspondence, agendas, Invitation Lists, memo
memo, Invitation Lists, correspondence
minutes, handwritten notes, memos, agendas, VIP Invitation Lists
handwritten notes, memos, brochures, luncheon attendance lists
minutes, correspondence, notes, memos
agendas, newspaper clippings, correspondence, drafts, programs, memos
correspondence, memos, schedules, processional plans, planning of inaugural
Over 100 certificates, in plastic
Correspondence re: estimated costs associated with the inauguration.
Correspondence, memoranda, drafts of speeches, curricula vitae, information packets and other documents containing information on events taking place as part of Gaither's inauguration.
Copies of programs and other publications, including one original Triangle student newspaper covering the event.
Planning documents, minutes, and attendee guest lists.
Drafts of the inauguration program schedule
Meeting minutes and agendas.
Correspondence, memoranda, reports, programs, brochures, maps, newspaper articles and other items related to the planning and execution of Gaither's inauguration.
This series contains files on research projects organized by Drexel in the 1980's.Physical Description
correspondence, resumes, profiles, photocopied articles
Correspondence, brochures, position descriptions, project descriptions, award candidate biographies, conference material
correspondence, proposal solicitation, memoranda
correspondence, memoranda, report, handwritten notes
correspondence, handwritten notes, folder
correspondence, business cards, handwritten notes, memoranda, agenda
correspondence, handwritten notes, policies, drafts
memoranda, handwritten notes
correspondence, telephone message
correspondance, proposals, drafts, handwritten notes, report, job descriptions, business card
correspondence, telephone messages, memoranda, resumes
correspondence, resume, report
correspondence, draft by Gaither, article
correspondence, memoranda, reports
correspondence, policy draft, photocopied articles
newsletters, correspondence, agendas, photocopied articles, Copyright Policy Statement, memoranda, press releases, vitae
correspondence, memoranda, brochures, handwritten notes
correspodence, reports, memoranda, prospectus
correspondence, photocopied articles, memoranda, report
memo, correspondence, statement
diversity workshop, reports, memoranda
memoranda, project descriptions, brochures
remarks, reports, correspondence, handwritten notes, brochures, meeting reports
reports, correspondence, statements
Correspondence and handwritten notes.
Correspondence, reports, brochures and handwritten notes re: the RCA endowed chair.
correspondence, memoranda, brochures
programs, reports, memoranda, agendas, brochures
memoranda, correspondence, handwritten notes
correspondence, memoranda, handwritten notes, invoice, bulletins
newspaper clippings, correspondence, agenda
minutes, correspodnence, memos, newspaper clippings
correspondence, handwritten notes
correspondence, handwritten notes, class admittance cards
correspondence, membership lists
correspondence, report, memoranda
correspodnence, reports, mailgrams
correspondence, hadwritten notes, memoranda, reports
photocopies, handwritten notes
Correspondence and related attachments, memoranda.
family tree, correspondence, drafts
Correspondence, memoranda, reports and articles.
Correspondence, memoranda, reports and articles.
Correspondence and memoranda re: state aid and related matters.
Correspondence, memoranda, reports and articles.
Correspondence, handwritten notes and memoranda re: potential federal appropriations.
Correspondence re: schedule for the state House Appropriations Committee budget hearings.
memoranda, correspondence, agenda
memo, agendas, folder
memoranda, budgets, drafts of reports, reports
memoranda, reports, handwritten notes, brochures, summary
correspondence, brochures, pamphlets
memoranda, reports, memos, correspondence
correspondence, report, photocopied articles
correspondence, memos, reports
correspondence, newspaper clippings, brochures
photocopied articles, handwritten notes
memoranda, reports, correspondence
handwritten notes, memoranda, oversized service contract
correspondence, brochures, memoranda, photocopied articles
correspondence, proposal, brochures, folder
correspondence, presentation summary, study
memo, project description
memoranda, correspondence, minutes
correspondence, newspaper clipping, photocopies of newspaper articles
memo, correspondence, report, summary
memos, memoranda, resolutions, correspondence
Correspondence and memoranda re: real estate and insurance.
Correspondence and supporting documents re: real esate matters and development/planning.
Correspondence and handwritten notes.
Correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports and articles re: development of the engineering complex.
Correspondence and memoranda.