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Image 6 of Wildcat Tipoff: Kentucky vs. Wisconsin, November 27, 1976

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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY LOCATION—Lexington, Kentucky FOUNDED—1865 ENROLLMENT—20,549 (on campus) 17,000 (at 13 Community Colleges) HOME ARENA—Rupp Arena NICKNAME—Wildcats CONFERENCE—Southeastern PRESIDENT—Dr. Otis A. Singletary ATHLETIC DIRECTOR—Cliff Hagan HEAD COACH—Joe B. Hall Now in his eighth year as president of the University of Kentucky, DR. OTIS A. SINGLETARY is a Mississippian whose route to the Bluegrass State curled through Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina and Washington, D. C. He came to Lexington from a position as University of Texas vice-chancellor for academic affairs. Previously, in Washington, he had been director of the U. S. Job Corps in the early stages of its development before moving to the American Council on Education as vice-president. He had gone to the capital in 1964 after three years as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The UNC appointment terminated Dr. Singletary's first association with the University of Texas, this a seven-year stay that saw him, as a young historian, rise rapidly in rank from instructor to full professor and begin the shift to administrative work, first as associate dean and later as assistant to the president. The Kentucky president, and his wife—the former Gloria Walton, met when both were students at Millsaps College. He later earned master's and doctoral degrees at Louisiana State. The Singletarys have two daughters, Bonnie and Kendall, and a son, Scott. CLIFF HAGAN Director of Athletics "I've been preparing for this all my life," CLIFF HAGAN said before taking over as athletics director at the University of Kentucky in 1975. Hagan succeeded Harry Lancaster as director after serving as assistant director for three years. Hagan's path to the athletics directorship began in Owensboro, Kentucky, where he established a then state high school tournament record of 41 points in leading Owensboro to victory over Lafayette in the championship game of the 1949 state high school tournament. At UK, he played on teams that won 86 of 91 games and an NCAA championship (1951). The 1954 team, undefeated in 25 games, elected not to participate in the national tournament. Hagan set a dozen Southeastern Conference records and an NCAA record of 528 rebounds as a junior. He averaged 24 points a game, led the nation in rebounding, and scored a UK record of 51 points against Temple in 1954. During ten years with die St. Louis Hawks, he was All-Pro five times in the NBA. He is married to the former Martha Milton of Owensboro. They have four children: Lisa, Laurie, Amy, and Kip. 1