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William Friday: Power, Purpose, and American Higher Education

Link, William A.

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ISBN 10: 0807821675 / ISBN 13: 9780807821671
Published by University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1995
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Signed. A Very Good or better copy (bookplate) in black cloth, in a Fine dust jacket. Nicely inscribed and signed by the author. Also inscribed and signed by William Friday, and inscribed and signed by Ida Friday. Bookseller Inventory # 031888

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Title: William Friday: Power, Purpose, and American...

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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Few North Carolinians were as well known or as widely respected as William Friday (1920-2012). Although he never ran for elected office, the former president of the University of North Carolina was prominent in public affairs for decades and ranked as one of the most important American university presidents of the post-World War II era. In this comprehensive biography, William Link traces Friday's long and remarkable career.

Friday's thirty years as president of the university, from 1956 to 1986, spanned the greatest period of growth for higher education in American history, and he played a crucial role in shaping the sixteen-campus university during that time of tumultuous social change. In the 1960s and 1970s, he confronted a series of administrative challenges, including the expansion of the university system, the evolving role of the federal government in the affairs of a public university, an intercollegiate athletics scandal, the anticommunism crusade and the Speaker Ban, and racial integration.

Link also explores Friday's influential work outside the university in American higher education, on the Carnegie Commission on the Future of American Education and the White House Task Force on Education, and in the development of the National Humanities Center and the growth of Research Triangle Park. After retiring from the university, Friday headed the William R. Kenan, Jr., Fund and the Kenan Charitable Trust. He died October 12, 2012.

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"A well-written and professionally crafted biography of a major figure in post-World War II higher education. It will be an essential building block for the sorely needed history of American colleges, professional schools, and universities since the mid-1960s."-- American Historical Review

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