Guide to the San José State University Office of the President, Jon Whitmore Records

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Guide to the San José State University Office of the President, Jon Whitmore Records

Collection number: MSS-2010-09-09



SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0028

Phone: (408) 808-2062

Fax: (408) 808-2063

Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu

URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives


Finding aid funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Processed by:
Tom Hewitt
Date Completed:
2010
Encoded by:
Tom Hewitt
© 2010 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: San José State University Office of the President, Jon Whitmore Records
Dates: 2008-2010
Collection number: MSS-2010-09-09
Creator: San José State University Office of the President
Creator: Whitmore, Jon, 1945-
Collection Size: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Repository: San José State University. Library.
San José, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The Office of the President is the highest administrative office for the campus, reporting to the California State University (CSU) Chancellor and Board of Trustees, respectively. As such, the Office of the President records document the overall policies, practices and procedures of the daily operation of the campus, as well as the interaction with other CSU campuses and with the CSU administration. The San José State University Office of the President, Jon Whitmore Records contain the remarks, speeches, and addresses delivered by this president during his tenure from 2008 to 2010. President Whitmore spoke to SJSU students, faculty, employees, alumni, and others on multiple occasions to promote college attendance and campus diversity, commemorate distinguished individuals, and discuss issues such as CSU budget cuts and environment-conscious university initiatives. The records of this collection consist of printed copies of the speeches, many of them revised by hand, and some hand-written notes are attached to the speeches. Three DVD copies of Whitmore's Fall 2008 Welcome Address are also included. This collection contains one series: Series I. President Jon Whitmore Speeches, Remarks, and Addresses, 2008 - 2010.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

San José State University Office of the President, Jon Whitmore Records, MSS-2010-09-09, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing History

Collection processed by Tom Hewitt. Finding aid EAD encoded by Tom Hewitt. Reviewed by Danelle Moon.

Organizational History

In 1857 the San Francisco Board of Education established Minns' Evening Normal School for current and prospective teachers in the city. Named after its principal, George W. Minns, the institution was formally established as the first California State Normal School by the State Legislature in 1862. A decade later, the Legislature voted to move the Normal School to San Jose, and the school relocated to its new home on Washington Square prior to the fall term of 1872. After a fire destroyed the Normal School building in 1880, the Legislature authorized $200,000 to construct a new building on the same site. Completed in 1881, the building was commonly referred to as the Second State Normal School. After several names and curriculum changes, Minns' Normal School is now San Jose State University, offering more than 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations, and is recognized as one of the top public universities granting such degrees in the West.
Jon Whitmore served as the President of San José State University from 2008-2010. Prior to his appointment, he was president of Texas Tech University for five years, where he also held a professorship in theatre. From 1996 to 2003, he served as provost and professor of theatre arts at the University of Iowa, and was dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin from 1990 to 1996. Before that he served as dean, Faculty of Arts and Letters, and as a professor of theatre at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Whitmore was affiliated with West Virginia University from 1974 to 1985, where he served as interim dean for the College of Creative Arts, interim director of the Creative Arts Center, faculty member, and assistant to the president. He holds a doctoral degree in theatre history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and master's and bachelor's degrees in speech from Washington State University. In September of 2010 Whitmore left SJSU to become C.E.O. of ACT, Inc., a college entrance-exam company.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Office of the President is the highest administrative office for the campus, reporting to the California State University (CSU) Chancellor and Board of Trustees, respectively. As such, the Office of the President records document the overall policies, practices and procedures of the daily operation of the campus, as well as the interaction with other CSU campuses and with the CSU administration. The San José State University Office of the President, Jon Whitmore Records contain the remarks, speeches, and addresses delivered by this president during his tenure from 2008 to 2010. President Whitmore spoke to SJSU students, faculty, employees, alumni, and others on multiple occasions to promote college attendance and campus diversity, commemorate distinguished individuals, and discuss issues such as CSU budget cuts and environment-conscious university initiatives. The records of this collection consist of printed copies of the speeches, many of them revised by hand, and some hand-written notes are attached to the speeches. Three DVD copies of Whitmore's Fall 2008 Welcome Address are also included. This collection contains one series: Series I. President Jon Whitmore Speeches, Remarks, and Addresses, 2008 - 2010.

Arrangement

This collection contains one series: Series I. SJSU Office of President, Jon Whitmore Speeches, Remarks, and Addresses, 2008 - 2010.

Subject Headings

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Whitmore, Jon, 1945-
San José State University President's Office -- History
San José State University President's Office -- Records and correspondence
San José State University -- History
California State University, San José -- History
Education, Higher -- California -- San José
College presidents -- California -- San José

Bibliography

San José State University Office of the President. Presidential Directives. http://www.sjsu.edu/president/directives/

Collection Contents

 

Series I. : President Jon Whitmore Speeches, Remarks, and Addresses 2008-2010

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains the remarks, speeches, and addresses delivered by President Whitmore during his tenure as President of San José State University from 2008 to 2010. Whitmore spoke to SJSU students, faculty, employees, alumni, and others on multiple occasions to promote college attendance and campus diversity, commemorate distinguished individuals, and discuss issues such as CSU budget cuts and environment-conscious university initiatives.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically, with the most recent item first.