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News Service collection on Jerome H. Supple

 Collection
Identifier: 21.900-08-Supple

Scope and Contents

The collection was primarily created and compiled by the University News and Information Service and the Office of Media Relations and Publications. The materials collected were used by the offices to produce, manage, and disseminate information internally and externally about the president and the university. Materials include planning materials for the presidential selection and Supple’s installation, media coverage of events, Supple’s cancer diagnosis and research, and items related to his legacy including photographs.

The collection is divided into five series: Selection and Installation as President, 1988; Presidency, 1989-2002; Speeches as President, 1989-2002; Retirement, Passing, and Legacy, 2001-2004; and Audiovisual materials and objects, 1989-2004. Due to the absence of a useable original order, the arrangement was artificially imposed during processing.

Dates

  • 1988-2004, undated

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by Texas State University. Educational reproduction is allowed without permission. Authorization to publish must be obtained from the University Archives. Please contact univarchives@txstate.edu.

Biographical note

Jerome H. Supple was born April 27, 1936, in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Supple came to Texas State from the State University of New York System, where he had progressed through the academic ranks from chemistry faculty member to acting president, serving at campuses in Plattsburgh, Fredonia and Potsdam. He held degrees from Boston College and the University of New Hampshire and served a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. He became the eighth president of Texas State in April 1989.

During his presidency, Supple raised admission standards several times, improved student retention from 57 percent to 75 percent, established several new enrollment records, began offering Texas State's first doctoral degree programs in geography and education, and laid the groundwork for doctoral proposals in other academic fields, successfully completed the university’s first major gifts capital campaign, raising more than $74 million in the process, increased private gifts to the university from a half million dollars a year to more than $8 million, and the endowment from $15 million to $53 million, increased the amount of research funding from $5 million annually to $32 million, and acquired the former Aquarena Springs theme park and began its conversion to a research and public education center focused on water resources and environmental issues.

Extent

4.52 Linear Feet (7 document boxes, 2 slide boxes, and 2 artifact boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection was primarily created and compiled by the University News and Information Service and the Office of Media Relations and Publications. Materials include planning materials for the presidential selection and Supple’s installation, media coverage of events, Supple’s cancer diagnosis and research, and items related to his legacy including photographs.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice may be required for use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by the University News and Information Service and the Office of Media Relations and Publications between 2007-2010.

Title
Jerome H. Supple News Service collection
Status
Completed
Author
Wendy Thompson
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Revision Statements

  • 2019 December: Revised by Nicole Critchley

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

Contact:
Alkek Library Room 580
601 University Drive
San Marcos Texas 78666 USA