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     Minutes of the Board of Trustees, University of Kentucky, Sep-
 tehiber 21, 1946.

     The Board of Trustees of the University of Kentlicky met in the
 Presidentfs Office at 10:15 aim.; Saturday September 21, 1946, The
 following members were present;  Governor 6S S. Willis, Judge Rich-
 ard C. Stoll, Vice Chairman; H. S.Cleveland, J. C; Everett, lit Ft
 Walters, T. H. Cutler, H. D. Palmore, Harper Gatton, and Grover
 Creech.  President H. L. Donovan and Comptroller Frank D. Peterson,
 Secretary of the Board, were also present.

      A. Approval of Minutes.

      The minutes of the Board of Trustees of June 4 and July 19,
 1946; and the minutes of the Executive Committee of August 23, 1946,
 were approved as published.

      B. Report of the President.

      President Donovan made the following statement:


                    Challenge Faclng Uiesty

     The war is over for our country but for the University, indeed
for all colleges and universities, the war is not over.    The Uni-
versity has many problems today that are as complex and challenging
as any of the issues it had to deal with during the war.    Before
the sound of the last guns of battle had died away veterans, whose
education has been interrupted by the war, began to flock back to
the campus,   They arrived to find girls occupying their fraternity
houses, soldiers still in the few dormitories we have, and the board-
inr houses that formerly served the students filled to capacity with
other tenants.   How to find shelter for these men, many of whom
brought with them a young wife and a newborn baby, has been one of
the most difficult problems a university has ever had placed on its
doorstep.   Through careful planning and by the exercise of in-
itiative and great physical effort, and with the splendid coopera-
tion of federal agencies, the University has succeeded in erecting
504 houses and apartments, and dormitories of a temporary character
will soon be completed that will provide for approximately 510 single
men, A campaign by the Veterans Club to persuade residents of the
City of Lexington to open their homes to students who desire to at-
tend the University was most successful and many hundreds of students
are being accommodated in this manner.    The erection of Cooperstown
and Shawneetown was almost a modern miracle. These villages provide
homes for 504 familjes,  This is a larger community than a number



of county seat towns in Kentucky.  It has come into existence
within a period of twelve months.

     Let me review for you why the University came up short on liv-
ing arrangements for its students,  The State of Kentucky has never
seen fit to erect dormitories at the University with the exception
of two small dormitories (Patterson and Boyd Halls) for girls. The
other residence hall for girls and three dormitories for men have
been built on a self-liquidating plan.  The rents from the students
have amortized their cost.  The Universityr has heretofore depended
largely on the community to house its students.  One of the lessons
of the war has taught us that we shall have to erect a number of
dormitories for men and women, and apartment houses for married
students, if we are to accommodate students who desire to enter the
University in the future.   Never again should we be caught short
on housing facilities.

     The influx of new students also has overtaxed our classrooms
and laboratories.   There is no space for expansion for any of the
colleges or departments.   Only by extending the length of the
school day and scheduling night classes can additional students be

     We have five buildings on the campus that are more than sixty
years old and there are ten that are about forty years old. These
buildings were not well constructed in the beginning but are being
used today to take care of more students than they were designed for
in the beginning. Some of them I feel are actually not very safe
with the capacity load they are carrying today.

                         For the Future

     In a report dated May 20, 1946, to the President of the United
States by Johni W. Snyder, Director of War Mobilization and Recon-
version, the following significant statement is made:

          tNext year the demand upon the colleges and universi-
    ties will be even greater and it will continue to increase
    until, within the next decade, it is estimated that about
    3,000,000 students -- double the peak prewar enrollment --
    will be enrolled in college each year.

          t"This rising demand for high&w education confronts
    the Nation with a rich opportunity and a major challenge.

          "Ahead lies the opportunity to raise the educational
    level of the generation to whom our future as a nation
    will be entrusted.

          1, .. The colleges stand on the threshold of a period
    of growth comparable to that experienced a generation ago
    by our high schools.   That growth has been speeded by
    the flood of returning veterans.   But it was under way



      even before the war.  Never again will the proportion of
      our youth seeking education beyond high school be as small
      as it was before the war.   On the contrary we may expect
      college and university enrollments to continue to increase
      and to be double their prewar size by the mid 1950's".

      The peak of the prewar enrollment at the University of Kentucky
 was in the fall of 1939 when 3807 students matriculated.   If col-
 leoe enrollment in Kentucky keeps pace with the enrollment for the
 remainder of the nation - and there is every reason to expect it to
 do so - then we have good reason to predict a minimum enrollment of
 7500 to 8000 students by 1955, provided the state prepares facili-
 ties to care for an enrollment of this size.   This means Kentucky
 will have to spend at least W10,000,000 between now and 1955 on
 classroom buildings and laboratories.   Will we meet this challenge?
 Will we face up to this responsibility?

      The present classroom and laboratory facilities of the Universi-
 ty were designed for a student body not in excess of 4000.   The
 University cannot serve the youth of the state adequately unless the
 people of this Commonwealth become aroused over the deficiencies in
 our plant and direct the General Assembly and the state administra-
 tion to do for the University what the state has in recent years done
 to rehabilitate our long neglected prisons, state hospitals and
 other eleemosynary institutions of Kentucky.   Is it not time for
 Kentucky to wake up and provide living arrangements, classroom and
 laboratories for the young people who are to become its future
 leaders, that they may make adequate preparation for the responsibili-
 ties that they will face in the years ahead?

     I have often compared Kentucky with Minnesota, an agricultural
state quite similar to our own Commonwealth.   It established its
university the same year that Kentucky did.   The population of
Minnesota is approximately 100,000 less than Kentucky.    That state
has four teachers' colleges, the same number that we have in Kentucky.
Also, it has a number of good private colleges quite similar to those
of this state. Its university this fall will enroll 20,000 students
and it has a magnificent plant sufficient to take care of this number.
We expect 5000 students arn it will crowd us to capacity to provide
for them. Some of Minnesotats buildings have cost as much as
$5,000,000 for a single structure.   It will be a long time, if ever,
before the State of Kentucky has a state university that will match
the University of Minnesota, But there is no reason why we should
continue to have the smallest number of high school graduates attend
college of any state in the Union except Arkansas.    The youth want
the benefits of higher education. They are knocking at the doors
of the colleges and universities.

     We must be bold and adventurous if we are to meet the challenge
of higher education in Kentucky. We have never fully met this
responsibility in the past. Will we do so in the future?

     I am placing these facts squarely before the Trustees and re-
questing you to accept the challenge.    I want to go before the people
of Kentucky and let them know the facts.   I want to inform our



leaders of conditions.  I want to ask that we rehabilitate the
buildings of the Univ ersity and provide for new buildings that are
comparable with the buildings of our prisons, hospitals and build-
ingsin.other state institutions.  I want t ask for at least
lO,OOO,Ooo during the next five or six years to do this job, over
and above what the Trustees are now planning to spend on classroom
buildings and dormitories.   it is time for action if this state
is to meet its responsibilities to the youth of today.

      The University opened in the fall of 1945 with an enrollment
 of 2683 students. The enrollment for the Winter Quarter, which
 began January 2, was 3551, and this was increased to 4294 with the
 opening of the Spring Quarter, March 25.  The latter figure repre-
 sents the largest number of students ever in attendance at the Uni-
 versity at one time,

     The total enrollment for the year was 6135 different students,
This is practically one hundred per cent increase over the enrollment
for 1944-45, the total enrollment for that year being 3156.

                         ROTC Air Corps

     The University has been fortunate in securing another ROTC
Unit, The War Department has recently established for the first
time a number of ROTC Air Units for the instruction of young men who
are to be offered military training for the Air Forces.   These
young men are to be given instruction in aviation and those who com-
plete the advanced course will be commissioned in the Air Forces.
Our quota is 164 men in the elementary course and 203 men in the
advanced course.

     For many years the University has had an ROTC Infantry Unit.
Thousands of officers and men in the last war had had their prelim-.
inary military training while students at the University in this
Unit, Shortly after the outbreak of the war in 1941 a Signal Corps
ROTC Unit was established at the University,   The University of
Kentucky is pleased to be able to offer military training for young
men attending the University in these three fields of military sci-





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                       Electron Microscope

     The Keeneland Foundation has purchased an electron microscope
and has lent this valuable instrument to the University for the bene-
fit of the various departments of science.   This instrument is to
be made available to any research agency of the state that can use
it profitably in its work.   The value of thie microscope is approx-
imately $15,000.   The Keeneland Foundation has also furnished funds
with which to train a technician in the operation and use of this
instrument,   The electron microscope has been placed in the custody
of the Department of Bacteriology where it will probably have its
greatest use, but other departments of the University have access
to it in connection with their research.

     The University is very grateful to the Keeneland Foundation
for its generosity in making this microscope available for the pur-
pose of encouraging scientific research in Kentucky.

                      Laboratory Field Truck

     During the war the government ordered built a number of medical
laboratory trucks, for the purpose of studying sanitary conditions
in the theatres of war.   Some of these field laboratories were made
railable to departments of health and institutions engaged in the
education of students in the biological sciences.   The University
of Kentucky was fortunate to secure one of these trucks, which has
b een placed in the custody of the Department of Zoology, but it will
be available for other scientific departments in making field investi-
gations in various parts of the state.   This motorized laboratory
is a complete unit with all of the necessary equipment for scientific
studies in the field.   It is a valuable asset to the biological sci-
ences,   The original cost of this laboratory was several thousands
of dollars but the University succeeded in getting it for the nom-
inal cost of 1614.

                       Surplus War Equipment

     The University has been able to obtain considerable valuable
scientific equipment made available as surplus by the War Department.
It has also purchased a large amount of other equipnit that could
not be declared surplus,   We now have several hundreds ofthousands
of dollars worth of equipment that will greatly aid the College of
Engineering, the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Physics,
and other departments in their classroom and laboratory instruction
and in the research program of the University.    Much of this equip-
ment remains to be installed but progress is being made in making it
available for the use of students and teachers.



     The members of the Board took note that President Donovan re-
ported some five buildings on the campus to be more than 60 years
old, and expressed the opinion that some of the buildings might not
be very safe under the capacity load they are carrying today,     A
brief discussion followed, and the Board took the following action:

             1. Upon motion duly made, seconded and carried,
                the President is directed to designate an
                engineer to examine all buildings on the
                campus thought to be unsafe, and if any is
                found to be unsafe for occupancy by students
                to take such action as he may deem necessary,
                and report the findings of the engineer to
                this Board.

                        ** * ** ** ** *

     President Donovan had asked Messrs. William B. Brock and Ernst
V. Johnson, Architects Associated, to be present to discuss prelim-
inatry plans for a Fine Arts building.  He requested that Mr. Johnson
and YIr. Brock be permitted to appear before the Board.

     The preliminary plans were examined by the members of the
Board, and were explained by the architects.    After due considera-
tion, the following action was taken:

                        * * * * * * * * * *

             2. Upon motion duly made, seconded and carried,
                the Architects Associated, Messrs. William
                B. Brock and Ernst V. Johnson, of Lexington,
                Ky., are directed to proceed with the plans
                and specifications for a Fine Arts building,
                to contain approximately 1,600,000 cubic feet
                of space.

* ** ** *** * X*



       C. Consideration of New Service Building.

       President Donovan recalled that the Board of Trustees had re-
  Jected bids on the new Service Building.   He reported that Struck
  Construction Company of Louisville, Ky., who was the low bidder, had
  offered to construct the building on a "fixed feet plus costs basis,
  and the tfficials of the Company were available, and desired to sub-
  mit a proposition.   The officials were invited to meet with the
  Board and the architects.   Mr. Nicol,   president of the Struck
  Construction Company, offered an unqualified guarantee of over-all
  costs of the building on a "fixed feel plus costs basis, provided
  certain items were removed from the specifications as originally
  written.   He also requested that the Company be permitted to share
  to the extent of one third of any amount of savings which might be
  made under the guaranteed price.   The amount in which the Company
  would share, in the event they were able to construct the building
  for a sum less than the total over-all cost figure, was to be in
  addition to the "fixed fee".   He also suggested an alternate propo-
  sition based on current prices of costs of labor and materials, the
  Company to be paid a "fixed fee" plus costs, including any increase
  in current prices, the Company also to share in any savings which
  might occur.

      After a general discussion of the propositions offered, the
 Board expressed appreciation to the Struck Construction Company for
 their offers and took the following action:

              3. Upon motion duly made, seconded and carried,
                 the Struck Construction Company propositions
                 are not deemed acceptable to the Board, and
                 President Donovan is requested to so notify
                 the officials of the Company.

     D. Contract with Frankel & Curtis.

     It was reported that the Board had previously directed Dean
Cooper to select architects to prepare plans and specifications for
the Dairy Building.    The Board of Trustees at its meeting April 2,
1946, allocated fifty thousand dollars of the capital outlay appro-
priation to be used for the construction of a dairy barn on the
Agricultural Experiment Station farm and at that time ordered that
the Dairy Building be constructed as soon as possible.    It was re-
ported that Frankel & Curtis had been employed to prepare plans and
specifications for the dairy barn and that contract was signed on
behalf of the University by the Chairman of the Executive Committee;
ratification was requested,   The Board heard the request and took
the following action;



                        * ** * * * * * * *

             4, Upon motion duly made, seconded and carried,
                the contract with Frankel & Curtis for the
                preparation of plans and specifications for
                a Dairy Barn to be constructed on the Agri-
                cultural Experiment Station farm which has
                been signed by the Chairman of the Executive
                Committee is ratified and approved.

     E. Auditorium-Field House Plans and Specifications Received,
and Bid Proposal Authorized4

     Mr. John T. Gillig, architect, and Ernst V. Johnson, associate
architects delivered completed plans and specifications for the Audi-
torium-.Field House.  The plans were examined and a general dis-
cussion followed.   Mr. Gillig expressed the belief that bids could
be secured at a reasonable price for excavation and foundation work,
and for the structural steel work, within the next few months.

    After due consideration, the following motion was passed:

                        * * * * * * * * * *

             5. Upon motion duly made, seconded and carried,
                the plans and specifications for the Audi-
                torium-Field House, as submitted by John T.
                Gillig, architect, are accepted, subject to
                inspection and approval of the University
                Engineer.   The architects are authorized
                paid in accordance with contract if plans
                and specifications are approved by the En-
                gineer.   The Comptroller is directed to
                advertise for bids on (1) earth excavation and
                foundation, and (2) structural steel work.
                The bids are to be received and opened on
                January 5, 1947.



     F. Board Adjourned, to Meet January 6, 1947.

     Members of the Board discussed the next regular quarterly meet-
 ing date.  President Donovan stated that he was scheduled to be in
 Memphis December 9.434   Several members expressed doubt as to thekr
 being able to be present at the regular December meeting, whereupon
 the following motion was passed:

                        * * * * * * * * * *

             6. Upon motion duly made, seconded and carried,
                it is ordered that when this Board adjourns,
                it will do so to meet again on January 6,
                1947, instead of December 10, 1946.   Change
                of date is made for the convenience of its
                        * * * * * * * * * *

     G. Sigma Nu Fraternit Contract.

     President Donovan submitted a contrct between the University of
Kentucky and the Sigma Nu fraternity, proposing the purchase of the
Sigma Nu fraternity house by the University, construction of an ad-
dition to the present building, and the lease of these premises to
the Sigma Nu fraternity.   All members of the Board had not read the
contract, and upon motion made, seconded and carried, action on same
was deferred for future consideration.

     H. J. Howard Henderson Memorial Committee Agreement.

     President Donovan stated that a group of friends of J. Howard
Henderson had purchased for his son, John Henderson, a college annui-
ty contract.   The Committee desired that, In the event John Hender-
son did not receive the annuity, the sum should inure to the Universi-
V for the purpose of establishing a cash award.    The following
agreement was read:


          This is an agreement between E, M. Josey, Allan M% Trout,
     Paul Meagher, David P. Davis, and Polk South, Jr., all of
     Frankfort, Ky., known as the J. Howard Henderson Iviemorial
     Committee, hereinafter called the committee; and the School
     of Journalism of the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kyl,
     hereinafter called the school.



      The committee, for its part, has designated the school
 to be beneficiary of John Henderson, 7, in college annuity
 contract No. 321458 with The Commonwealth Life Insurance
 Company, Louisville, Ky.

      In the event the school receives payment under terms
of Commonwealth contract No. 321458, for its part the
school agrees to:

     1. Invest the principal sum at interest and use the
proceeds to establish one year thereafter, and then to
maintain so long as such interest accrues, the J. Howard
Henderson Memorial Cash Award to the junior-year student
majoring in journalism mho shows the best promise in
reporting and interpreting public affairs.

     2. Prepare an appropriate certificate, suitable for
framing, to be given to the winner simultaneously with the
cash prize, at the annual commencement exercises at which
the University of Kentucky usually presents academic awards,
prizes, and the like.

     3. Enter this agreement in full upon the minutes of the
Board of Trustees of the Univarsity of Kentucky at the first
opportunity after it is fully signed by the agreeing parties,

     Also for its part, the committee agrees that the method
of selecting the winner of the J. Howard Henderson Memorial
Cash Award, and other details of the competition, shall be
vested in the discretion of the dean of the school.

     Signed by the committee at Frankfort, Ky., on September
     , 1946:

(Signed) E, M. Josey    (Signed) Allan M. Trout

(Signed)  Polk South, Jr.    (Signed) Paul Mleagher

                              (Signed) David P. Davis.

     Signed by the President of the University of Kentucky,
and the dean of the School of Journalism of the University of
Kentucky; at Lexington, Ky., on September        , 1946:

                                (Signed) H. L. Donovan

                                (Signed) Niel Plummer



              7. Upon motion duly made, seconded and carried,
                 the Agreement is ordered accepted and spread
                 upon the minutes.

     I. University of Kentuckiy Press Authorization Rescinded.

     President Donovan explained that the Board of Trustees on Sep-
tember 21, 1943, authorized the placing of the "University of Ken-
tucky Press" imprint on all publications of the University.  He
stated that it had worked very well for all books published by the
Hagglh Fund Publications Committee, but that it had not been satis-
factory for publications of the University not under the supervision
of the Committee.   He stated that the Publications Committee had
voted to request the Board of Trustees to rescind its former action,
and he was recommending approval of the request.

             8. Upon motion duly made, seconded and carried,
                the action of this Board of Trustees on Sep-.
                tember 21, 1943, directing that the "Universi-
                ty of Kentucky Press" be imprinted on all pub-
                lications of the University is rescinded, and
                that the press imprint be put on publications
                released under the jurisdiction of the Haggin
                Fund Publications Committee only.

     J. Gifts:

                  From MIrs. Alfred Charles Zembrod.

     President Donovan reported the receipt of $4,0OO0 from the will
of Mrs. Sarah Frances Farra Zembrod.   He stated that this gift was
in compliance with the will of Mrs. Zembrod,   He read the following
communication from the executor of the estate:



                      LEHMAN-ROBERTS COMPANY
                        Highway Contractors

         Lexington, Ky.                       Memphis, Tenni

                            Lexington, Ky.

                                              September 14, 1946

     Dr. H. L. Donovan, President
     University of Kentucky
     Lexington, Kentucky

     Dear Dr. Donovan:

                      Enclosed is a check for $4,000.00 payable
     to the University of Kentucky, which I am sending you in
     compliance with the will of Mrs. Sarah Frances Farra Zem-
     brod, deceased.   You may recall that I talked with you
     about this bequest before and after Mrs. Zembrod's death,
     and although she died in August 1945 I have only recently
     been able to dispose of property sufficient to provide for
     paying it*

                       For your information her will, which may
     be found recorded in Will Book 22 at Page 347 in the office
     of the Fayette County Court Clerk, provides concerning this
     bequest as follows:

     13o  I will and bequeath to the University of Kentucky
         the sum of Four Thousand ($4,000,o0) Dollars to be
         used for the purpose of endowing a scholarship in the
         Department of Romance Languages of said University,
         to be known as the Alfred Charles Zembrod Scholarship."

                       I shall be pleased to have prepared and
     forward to you an attested copy of the will if you desire,
     or to furnish you with any other information I may have with
     reference to this bequest,

                                       Very truly yours,

                               (Signed) William E. Lehman, Executor
                                         under the Will of Mrs. Sarah
                                         Frances Farra Zembrod, de-

     President Donovan recommended that the gift be accepted, and the
Board took the following action:



              9. Upon motion duly made, seconded and carried,
                 the bequest is ordered received and administer-
                 ed ih accordance with the provisions of the will
                 of Mrs. Zembrod.   President Donovan is directed
                 to write a letter of acknowledgment on behalf
                 of the Board and the University to the executor
                 of the estate.

            Ffom the Middle West Soil Improvement Committee.

     President Donovan reported a gift of $300.00 from the Middle
West Soil Improvement Committee toihe University of Kentucky Experi-
ment Station for the advancement of research and study in plant food
needs of Kentucky soils and crops.   He recommended that the gift be
accepted, and the Board took the following action:

                        * * * * * * * ** *

            10.. Upon motion duly made, seconded and carried,
                the gift of 9300.00 from the Middle West Soil
                Improvement Committee is ordered accepted, and
                the President is directed to express the appre-
                ciation of the Board and the University to the
                Commi ttee.

     Ks Will of Mrs. Lelia Calhoun Leidenaer.

     President Donovan reported a communication from the Citizens
Fidelity Bankadn Trust Company, Louisville, Ky., concerning the will
of Mrs. Lelia Calhoun Leidenger, a student at the University of Ken-
tucky from 1893 to 1895,

                      Louisville, Kentucky

                                           September 4, 1946

     Dr. Herman L. Donavan, Pres.
     University of Kentucky
     Lexington, Kentucky

Dear Doctor Donavan:



     This company is Executor of the will of Lelia Calhoun
L eidenger.

     There is enclosed a copy of Mrs. Leldenger's will
which provides in part for the Institution of the "Lelia
Calhoun Student Loan Fund"*   As is apparent from the will
the entire residue of Mrs. Leidenger's estate is left in
trust for the primary benefit of her two sisters, Mirs.
Bird C. Greer and Mrs. Margaret C. Bryan, the income and
so much of the principal as is necessary to be used during
their lifetimes for their maintenance, support and comfort.
After the deaths of Mrs. Greer and Mrs. Bryan the trust
estate shall be used "to provide loans to worthy students
at the University of Kentucky".

     The estate of Mdrs9 Leidenger has a total value of
approximately $30,000.

     The copy of Mrs. Leidenger's will is sent to you to
be transmitted to the Governing Board of the University
and to inform you and the Board of the University's inter-
est in Mrs. Leidengerts estat-e.

     This company as Trustee will see to it that all parties
in interest are provided for in accordance with Mrs. Lei-
denger's will, and when the University's Interest becomes
absolute it shall be our obligation as Trustee to inform
the Governing Board..

                                  Very truly yours,

                              (S ianed) H. F.Zettel
                                        Assistant Secretary

     I, LELIA CALHOUN LEIDENGER, widow, a resident of
Louisville, in Jefferson County, Kentucky, on this 6th day
of March, 1946, make this my last will, and hereby revoke
all other wills and Codicils heretofore made by me.

     ITEM I,   I direct that my just debts, funeral expenses
and the costs of administering my estate be first paid. T
direct that all Federal estate taxes and all inheritance
taxes that may be assessed against my estate, or against
any of the bequests or devises herein made, shall be paid
out of my estate generally as though said taxes were a debt
against my estate.

     ITEM 2. I desire to be buried in Elmwood Cemetery,
Owensboro, Kentucky, in which cemetery I now own a lot.



      I further direct my Executor to place over my grave
 a monument which in the opinion of my Executor may seem
 suitable, not to exceed in cost, however, the sum of Five
 Hundred Dollars ($o00.00), which shall be paid out of the
 corpus of my estate.

      ITEM 3. I give to my sister, M