The papers of William Tidwell, a San José State University microbiology professor, consist of documents, correspondence, newsletters,
publications, conference and meeting papers, legislation, and newspaper clippings. The bulk of this material is from his time
as a consultant on State College Affairs to the CSEA, 1966-1968. Also included are papers from his time as Chair of SJSU's
Academic Senate, 1983-1984.
William Lee Tidwell was a Microbiology professor at San José State University from 1955 to 1988. Born on January 14, 1926
in Greenville, South Carolina, Tidwell graduated from Rock Hill High in 1942 at age 16. He then went on to attend University
of South Carolina, graduating in 1945 with a B.S. in Biology. He then moved to Hawaii with his wife Louise to attend University
of Hawaii, where he worked as a teaching assistant and graduated with an M.S. in Bacteriology in 1948. He finished his studies
at UCLA in 1951, and worked as a teaching assistant while he studied for his Ph.D. in Microbiology. After teaching at Texas
A & M from 1951-1955, he went on to San José State University where he taught until he retired in 1988. During his time at
SJSU he was active in campus politics. He was a part of the Faculty Council, Chairman of the Academic Senate, California State
Employees' Association (CSEA) Chapter President and Regional Director, Interim Biology Department Chair, and chaired on many
other smaller committees, including the Committee on Committees. He also served on the Liaison Delegate Committee that established
the California Faculty Association (CFA), and later served as State Vice President and Legislative Committee Chairman of CFA.
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