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An abstract of this interview is available below. A time-annotated index is linked above and to the right. A transcription will be posted as soon as it becomes available. An essay summarizing themes that emerged from interviews conducted about Myers in 2016 is available: Portrait of a Collector: Reflections on an Influential Bibliophile.

This interview subject is affiliated with IWU and/or President Myers in the following ways: Class of 1963 and Dean of Admissions until 2003.


Routi was a member of the Cabinet for 30 years. His comments center mainly on Myers' leadership styles, comparing them with the four other presidents he served under. Routi shares observations on the role of a president and Myers' abilities in fulfilling those functions. He believes Myers' collecting was a life long passion and hobby that got out of hand and may have served as an escape from other aspects of his life. However, he does not feel that collecting had an influence on how Myers conducted his presidency. Routi makes brief mention of the collections he knew about: postcards, coins, books, trains and the harpsichord; and that Myers made purchases through online bidding sites, a coin show in Arizona, and Bloomington's Third Sunday Market (for antiques, crafts and collectibles).

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leadership, management, books, eBay, family relationships, fundraising, personal characteristcs, Portrait of a Collector, Administrators, Alumni


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