Reports to the Board of Trustees
From the President's Office Records, RG 533
RALPH BROWN DRAUGHON, 1948-1964
October 1, 1948
Acting President Draughon reported that the large veteran enrollment
had increased the school's operating revenue, but these resources could
not be counted on in the long run.
November 23, 1950
Draughon reported that Auburn and other white colleges should "look
forward to possible action in the courts on the question of admission of
Negroes." The presidents of Auburn, Alabama, and other white schools had
met with the presidents of the black colleges "to help them develop professional
and graduate programs to meet the demands of Negro applicants." They had
supported the black colleges in putting together legislative programs to
meet their demands for graduate and professional schools. He urged that
this be done "regardless of cost," but feared that it would not "meet the
requirements of the recent Supreme Court decisions."
October 12, 1951
Draughon proposed that Auburn offer the doctoral degree "in a limited
number of fields at the earliest possible moment." He also stressed the
importance of the API board maintaining control over appointments and salaries
of county extension agents. Apparently, some county boards of revenue wanted
to raise their agents' salaries above the scale approved by the board of
November 7, 1952
Draughon claimed that API had growing respect as an institution of
higher learning because the state had realized that it was "an educational
instrument rather than a political instrument." The school was subject
to politics, but it operated within this realm "without partisanship, and
without commitments." It "must be free of internal dissension" and "personal
ambition." Furthermore, the school's ills were due to its own failures,
not "the machinations and designs of other educational institutions."
October 30, 1953
Draughon reported regarding an on-going study of extension personnel,
one purpose of which was to discontinue the present system of maintaining
two farm agents in some counties. The same would be true for home demonstration
agents. The president believed that both white and black farmers would
be better served in this fashion. The charge had been made that Auburn
was being changed from a traditional land-grant institution to some unspecified
type of educational enterprise. He noted that no new curricula had been
added since forestry in 1946. Draughon's philosophy had been to build vertically
on existing strengths rather than horizontally into new fields. He further
denied the charge that agriculture and engineering had not been treated
November 9, 1956
During the past year, Auburn had "lived in considerable financial uncertainty."
Quarterly installments of funds appropriated by the legislature had been
prorated. That seemed possible for the coming years, as well, unless the
state took some emergency action. Draughon had requested increased support
from the last regular session of the legislature, but the governor's request
for education slightly reduced that amount. "The subsequent failure of
the Goodwyn Amendments eventually resulted in a Special Legislative Session
in which Auburn's appropriations were materially reduced."
November 1, 1957
During the past year, the Board Committee on Academic Freedom, Tenure,
and Responsibility produced a policy statements on these matters and a
revised faculty contract which had "met with general approval."
November 7, 1958
During the past year, Auburn had to cope with "such problems as proration
of appropriated funds, accreditation difficulties,...athletic penalties,...and
the protection of the institution from unwarranted interference from forces
outside its walls." David W. Mullins, executive vice president, had spent
considerable time during the past year serving on a 21-member State Education
Commission, which had been charged by the legislature to study the state's
present educational program at all levels and to project needs for the
October 30, 1959
Draughon reported that the official name of the school would change
to Auburn University as of January 1, 1960. During the past year, a special
session of the legislature "provided for great improvement in the educational
system of our state at all levels." Draughon expressed particular thanks
to Governor Patterson "for his firm and inspired leadership" and to those
members of the House and Senate "who provided long-needed funds for improvement."
October 6, 1961
Draughon complained that Auburn was handicapped by continued proration
of state appropriations, which created a sense of crisis management. Inflation
also "harassed" the university "in its efforts to maintain programs of
excellence." Draughon hoped that "some day...the people of Alabama" would
realize that the "salvation" of the state's youth depended upon "effective
November 9, 1962
Draughon expressed thanks to Governor John Patterson and the legislature
for their efforts in behalf of higher education during the past four years.
Auburn had doubled the value of its physical plant and held its own in
faculty salaries relative to other southeastern universities. The new administration
and legislature were scheduled to take office in January.
November 1, 1963
Govenor Wallace and the legislature provided Auburn with an increase
of approximately $1,710,000 during the current fiscal year. This represented
a 21.3 percent increase in state support. This new support would allow
Auburn to increase faculty salaries relative to other land-grant universities.
Despite this increase, Draughon predicted that faculty salaries would remain
below the national average for comparable universities.
Draughon praised Auburn's "orderly and dignified compliance with court
ordered integration." It was, he said, "most reassuring to live in a community
where quiet dignity and restraint" prevailed.
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