Bill Jason Priest, Community College Pioneer by Kathleen Krebbs Whitson

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By Kathleen Krebbs Whitson

There are few issues which are simply American. On that brief record are baseball and the two-year group university. invoice Jason Priest possessed ability and acumen for either. the higher a part of his lifestyles used to be spent constructing and defining the junior university into the excellent group university. His contributions earned him a prestigious position within the annals of upper schooling, yet his character was once now not considered one of a stereotypical stodgy educator, neither is the tale of his existence a dry read.

After operating his approach via collage, Priest performed specialist baseball sooner than serving in Naval Intelligence in the course of international conflict II. His different reports assisted in shaping his management variety, usually classified as autocratic and infrequently truculent in conservative convictions. a similar relentless force that introduced him feedback additionally introduced him good fortune and compliment. Forthright honesty and risk-taking decision mixed with imaginative and prescient led to many optimistic results.

Priest’s occupation in larger schooling all started with the two-year university method in California prior to he was once lured to Texas in 1965 to go the Dallas County Junior university District. Over the following fifteen years Priest reworked the junior university software into the Dallas County group collage District (DCCCD) and outfitted it as much as seven faculties. He played significant roles within the evolution of nursing schooling, the founding of a telecommunications middle for the creation of televised classes, the supply and recognition of vocational schooling, and in better breadth in noncredit classes. After his retirement in 1981, he persisted to function Chancellor Emeritus until eventually 2003.

Drawing from information in addition to from a variety of interviews with Priest and his own affiliates, Kathleen Krebbs Whitson provides the lifetime of an incredible in Texas schooling and divulges his lasting effect upon the neighborhood university movement.

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The association was founded in 1920, but it was not far reaching or political. Initially the main focus was for these early educational pioneers to come together to define the junior college by creating standards for curriculum and determining the position of the junior college in relationship to other parts of the American education enterprise. The junior college had its roots in rural America, but the rapid expansion since World War II was taking the junior college movement into urban areas. Among those college leaders was Edmund J.

Priest pitched in the California State League on Sundays. He rested on Mondays; went trout fishing Tuesday through Friday, and rested on Saturday in preparation for Sunday’s game. It was a Tom Sawyer summer. Priest’s prognosis proved right. By October 1, 1941, he was recruited and commissioned an Ensign in the Navy. ”1 Continuing to live life as if in his last weeks, he played out his love of sports in every day’s activities. He was quail hunting in Sonoma, California on December 7, 1941. He was bringing in his kill for the day, one bird, when he ran into his father-in-law, who was the poultry man at Sonoma State Home.

The television station manager telephoned Priest and asked him what he should do about the situation. Priest replied that he could not remember the part of his graduate courses that explained how to handle the matter. The man’s condition was not discernable to the viewing audience and the class was broadcast as usual. Priest kept the idea of televised education alive and mentally filed for future use, with refinements. He would have such an opportunity in Dallas. Dallas was one of the first twenty major cities to establish a junior college.

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