Records of John McDade Howell, 1982-1988

University Archives #02-08

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Title: Records of John McDade Howell
Repository: East Carolina University Archives
Languages: English
Abstract: The Records of John McDade Howell include official and personal correspondence, speeches, reports, and other miscellaneous papers developed during his tenure as Chancellor.
Extent: 5.5 Linear feet.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public without restrictions.

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Preferred Citation

[Item Description and date]. Records of John McDade Howell. UA02-08. University Archives, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Chancellor John McDade Howell, ECU 1982-1987

John M. Howell was born in Five Points, Alabama on January 28, 1922.

In 1942, John entered the US Army Air Corps. He served for 3 years in the European Theater of Operations and was decorated with a Bronze Star and honorably discharged. He then studied for a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Master Degree in Political Science at the University of Alabama, graduating in 1948 and 1949. While in school he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Mr. Howell began his teaching career at Randolph Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, VA, where he met his future bride, Ms. Gladys Evelyn David. They married in August of 1952.

In 1954, John completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at Duke University. Degree in hand he and Gladys moved to Memphis, TN where John took a position as Associate Professor of Political Science at Memphis State University. His first son, David N. Howell was born in April 1954, followed by son Joseph L. Howell in July 1957.

In 1957, Dr. Howell was hired by ECU, beginning his 30 year career with the university. He taught political science and became a full professor in 1961. During his time at ECU he would hold many administrative positions, Chair of the Department of Political Science (1963), Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1966), Dean of the Graduate School (1969), and finally Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (1975). In 1979, Dr. Howell would return to the classroom until he was tapped to be the interim Chancellor in January 1982.

The Selection Committee selected Dr. Howell from 120 candidates, making him the 8th Chancellor of ECU in May 1982. His inauguration was held the following year on February 4, 1983. He served in this capacity until his retirement in 1987.

The Howell Science Complex is named in honor of Dr. John M. Howell, Chancellor Emeritus.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The collection contains correspondence, papers, and speaking engagements developed during Dr. Howell's tenure as Chancellor of ECU, 1982-1987. There is also 1 folder of speeches from years prior to 1982. Subject matter includes fundraising, campus and community involvement, and entertainments to name a few.

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Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Series 01
Selection Committee and Installation
  • Box 1, Correspondence, 1981-1982
  • Box 1, Public Hearing, 1981-1982
  • Box 1, Minutes, 1981-1982
  • Box 1, Memorandums and Agendas, 1981-1982
  • Box 1, Job Qualifications and Nominations, 1981
  • Box 1, Candidate File John M. Howell, 1981-1982
  • Box 1, Publicity File, 1981
  • Box 1, Publicity File, 1981-1982
  • Box 1, Congratulations Letters, 1982
  • Box 1, Installation Committee, 1982-1983
  • Box 1, Installation Ceremony, 1983
  • Box 1, Certificates of Appreciation, 1982-1983
  • Box 1, Retirement, 1985-1987
  • Box 1, Dedication of Howell Science Complex, 1991
Series 02
Correspondence
  • Box 2, General Correspondence, January-June 1982
  • Box 2, General Correspondence, July-December 1982
  • Box 2, General Correspondence, January-June 1983
  • Box 2, General Correspondence, July-December 1983
  • Box 2, General Correspondence, January-June 1984
  • Box 2, General Correspondence, July-September 1984
  • Box 2, General Correspondence, October-December 1984
  • Box 2, General Correspondence, January 1985
  • Box 2, Governor Jim Hunt, 1982-1984
Series 03
Administrative Files
  • Box 3, Annual Reports, 1983-1986
  • Box 3, Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, freedom of speech controversy, 1982-1983
  • Box 3, Chancellor's Office General List (Contacts)
  • Box 3, Department of Administration, Study of State-Owned Maintenance Garage Operations, 1982-1983
  • Box 3, Greenville Noise Ordinance Changes, 1982-1983
  • Box 3, Receptions and Dinners hosted by Chancellor Howell, 1983-1984
  • Box 3, ROTC, 1983-1984
  • Box 3, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Planning Commission, 1981-1982
  • Box 3, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Planning Commission, 1983
  • Box 3, Southern Association of Colleges an Schools Planning Commission, January-October 1984
  • Box 3, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Planning Commission, November 1984-1985
  • Box 4, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1982
  • Box 4, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1983
  • Box 4, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1984
  • Box 4, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1985-1986
  • Box 4, State Volunteer Service Survey, 1982
  • Box 4, Tornado Disaster Benefit Concert, 1984
  • Box 4, Tuition Rates, 1982-1983
  • Box 4, Personnel: Salary Increases, 1983-1986
  • Box 4, Personnel Issues, 1982, 1984-1986
Series 04
Athletics
  • Box 5, Executive Summaries, 1982
  • Box 5, Executive Summaries, 1982-1986
  • Box 5, University Athletic Committee, 1982-1986
  • Box 5, Athletics: Correspondence, 1983-1984
  • Box 5, Athletics: Correspondence, January-July 1985
  • Box 5, Athletics: Correspondence, August-December 1985
  • Box 5, Athletics: Correspondence, 1986-1987
  • Box 5, Athletics: Newspaper Articles, 1982-1986
  • Box 5, Mascot Name Change, 1984
  • Box 6, Stadium Expansion Drive
  • Box 6, Athletic Fund Drive with Pledge Lists, 1982-1983
  • Box 6, Athletic Endowment Fund/Pirate Club, 1982
  • Box 6, Athletic Fund Drive Collection Records, 1982-1984
  • Box 6, Athletic Fund Correspondence, January-August 1982
  • Box 6, Athletic Fund Correspondence, September-December 1982
  • Box 6, Athletic Fund Correspondence, January-April 1983
  • Box 6, Athletic Fund Correspondence, May-December 1983
  • Box 6, Athletic Fund Correspondence, 1984
  • Box 7, College Football Association, 1984-1987
  • Box 7, Special Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, 1985
  • Box 7, Special Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, 1986
  • Box 7, NCAA: ECU Infractions, 1984-1986
  • Box 7, NCAA: Member Correspondence, 1984-1985
  • Box 7, NCAA: Member Correspondence, 1986
  • Box 7, NCAA: Memorandums, 1984-1986
Series 05
Speaking Engagements and Publications
  • Box 8, Speaking Engagements Prior to 1982, 1967, 1974-1977
  • Box 8, Alumni Day, 1984-1986
  • Box 8, Athletics, 1982
  • Box 8, Budget Hearings, 1983, 1985
  • Box 8, Campus Building Dedications, 1982-1983
  • Box 8, Campus Events, 1981-1986
  • Box 9, Commencements (Non-ECU), 1982-1983, 1986
  • Box 9, Commencement, 1979, 1982-1984
  • Box 9, Commencement, 1985
  • Box 9, Commencement, 1986
  • Box 9, Education, 1982-1983
  • Box 9, Education, 1984-1986
  • Box 9, Faculty Convocation, 1982-1986
  • Box 10, Greenville Clubs and Organizations, 1982-1986
  • Box 10, High School Students at Campus Events, 1982-1983, 1985, 1987
  • Box 10, Introductions of Governor Jim Hunt and Congressman Walter B. Jones, 1984-1985
  • Box 10, Pirate Club, 1982-1984
  • Box 11, Regional and State Organizations, 1982-1986
  • Box 11, Retirement Dinners, 1982-1986
  • Box 11, Service Awards Ceremony, 1981, 1986
  • Box 11, Student Clubs and Organizations, 1982-1985
  • Box 11, Symposia and Conferences, 1982-1986
  • Box 11, UNC Board of Governors, 1986-1987
  • Box 11, Publications: Chancellor's Corner
  • Box 11, Publications: Journal Articles
  • Box 11, Publications: Papers
Series 06
TV Appearances on VHS
  • Box 12, WITN-TV appearance, John M. Howell, January 22, 1982
  • Box 12, WITN-TV appearance, Gladys Howell, September 1, 1983
  • Box 12, North Carolina People, John M. Howell, June 11, 1984

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