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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: Major Gift Officer, Director of the Annual Fund and Alumni Director beginning in 1991; Vice President for Advancement, 2017-present.

Abstract

Seibring relates conversations he had with Myers about why Myers came to IWU, why he wanted to be a college president, and how he used his catalog collection to learn about higher education in the U.S. Seibring also recalls times when Myers demonstrated his interest in baseball cards and wanted to highlight stories about alumni who were collectors. He shares ideas on Myers' view about the university and reflects on the kinds of curricular offerings of that time. He relates instances of Myers' involvement in the work of both Admissions and Advancement, including being the impetus for reestablishing the Alumni Office. As a whole, this interview brings together many points made by others that contribute to the theme of what the interviewer describes as Myers' cult of personality.

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Duration

00:54:23

Keywords

personal characteristics, liberal arts, catalog collection, leadership, baseball cards, donor relations, management, Portrait of a Collector, Administrators

Disciplines

United States History

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