Harry Melvin Philpott (1917- )

President, Auburn University (1965-1979)

In 1938 Philpott received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University, where he began his administrative career as director of religious activities. He served as a chaplain in the United States Navy during World War II, seeing action with the Third and Fifth Fleets in the Pacific Theater. In 1947 he earned a Ph.D. from Yale University in religion and higher education. 

Dr. Philpott taught religion at the University of Florida (1947-1952); served as dean of religious life and head of the religion and philosophy department at Stephens College (1952-1957); and returned to the University of Florida as vice president (1957-1965) before coming to Auburn.


Inventory of the President's Records
Listing of the records generated by the President and his office during his tenure.  Arranged by subject.
Highlights of the Philpott Oral History, Record Group 901
Dr. Philpott gave over 21 hours of oral history interviews to Dr. Dwayne Cox, AU Archivist, in which he discusses his tenure as AU President.
Synopsis of the President's Annual Reports to the Board of Trustees
Chronicles the significant events of the President's term in office, including the activities of the schools and departments.
Synopsis of the Minutes of the Board of Trustees for the President's term
Provides another view of the events treated by the President in his Annual Reports.
Synopsis of the President's Correspondence
Letters between the President of the University and various political leaders within Alabama.  Provides insight into how the school has maneuvered through the state's political system.

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