Student and Academic Services records, 1966-1980

Emory University

Emory University Archives

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


Fax: 404-727-0360


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/bmvdt

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Emory University. Student and Academic Services.
Title: Student and Academic Services records, 1966-1980
Call Number:Series No. 17
Extent: 10.25 linear ft. (11 boxes)
Abstract:The Student and Academic Services records consist of administrative materials such as annual reports, correspondence, minutes, and memoranda relating to Thomas L. Fernandez's tenure as Vice-President for Student and Academic Services.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Portions of this collection are closed to researchers. Series 12 closed to researchers in accordance with Emory University Archives Policy for unprocessed materials.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Transfer, 1980.

Custodial History

These materials were transferred to the University Archives in February 1980 as Dr. Thomas L. Fernandez ended his tenure as Vice-President for Student and Academic Services.


[after identification of item(s)], Student and Academic Services records, Emory University Archives, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.


Processed by Narmeen Shuqom and Virginia J. H. Cain, July 1981.

Collection Description

Administrative History

The position of Vice-President for Student and Academic Services was created in an administrative reorganization in 1969. In the years just prior to 1969, the services and activities that were to come together under the auspices of the Student and Academic Services Office had been organized in a variety of ways. These services would eventually be coordinated through the office of the Dean of Student Life, bringing together once disparate duties of Dean of Men, Dean of Women, and Dean of Student Activities.

On January 16, 1969, President Sanford S. Atwood asked the support of the Executive Committee on the Board of Trustees in combining administrative responsibilities for student affairs and academic services under a new vice-presidency. The Executive Committee authorized the establishment of the administrative position Vice-President for Student and Academic Services, and approved the appointment of Thomas L. Fernandez to this new post.

Existing academic services brought under its control included Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, and Testing and Evaluation; student services for which the office was responsible included Student Health Services, Student Activities (including so-called personnel deans for men and women students), Housing, and Foreign Student Activities. Responsibility for the Alumni Memorial University Center (AMUC) and for the placement office, formerly tied to the University Personnel Department, were added at this time.

Acting in part as a result of recommendations made by the Committee on Undergraduate Student Life to President James T. Laney in April 1978, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees authorized on October 19, 1978 the establishment of the position Dean for Campus Life. After working closely with the Dean and Acting Dean for Campus Life for over a year, Dr. Fernandez accepted a newly created position, that of Director of Communications in the School of Business Administration. His service in that capacity began February 1, 1980, and no new Vice President for Student and Academic Services was named to succeed him.

Scope and Content Note

The records of Student and Academic Services from the office of the Vice-President of Student and Academic Services Thomas L. Fernandez span the years 1967 to 1980. The vast majority of these records date from 1969 to 1980, the years of Dr. Fernandez’ tenure as vice-President for Student and Academic Services. There are also a few scattered items form 1967 and 1968, years in which Dean of Students E. Jerome Zeller had assumed many of the duties which would become the responsibility of the Vice-President for Student and Academic Services.

Nearly half of the collection consists of records concerning organizations with which Dr. Fernandez was associated in some way. The single largest and most complicated series, Series 9, contains records relating to the many student organizations and activities throughout the university with which Dr. Fernandez and his staff worked. The correspondence, committee records, and other material in this series reveal Dr, Fernandez’ concern for developing and maintaining close communications with students, his interest in cooperation interaction among student groups, and his commitment to keeping members of the university administrations and governing bodies informed about student activities, concerns, and accomplishments. Records in Series 9 also document many aspects of his close work with such specific organizations as the Student Senate and Student Government Organization, the Pan-Hellenic Council and social sororities, and the Interfraternity Council and social fraternities.

Other groups with which Dr. Fernandez was closely involved included both Emory and non-Emory committees, councils, and professional organizations. Dr. Fernandez worked with University committees which were connected with the various student and academic services for which his office was responsible (e.g. Committee to Review Financial Aid and Policies, Housing Committee, etc.). His records of these committees are filed in the appropriate series containing other records pertaining to these functions (e.g. financial Aid and Scholarships, Housing, etc.). A few files relating to other university organizations with which Dr. Fernandez worked or of which he was a member were also found among these records (e.g. the Emory chapter of the American Association of University Professors, the Board of Trustees, the Traffic and Parking Committee, etc.). As the work of these groups was not closely related to the administrative functions of the Student and Academic Services office, these folders are filed separately in Series 10.

Dr. Fernandez was also very active in regional and national organizations of academic officers or concerned with academic institutions. General records and records relating to specific issues or events are filed in Series 11. Organizations which figure prominently in these files or in which Dr. Fernandez was especially interested include a Vice-President/Dean of Student Affairs Group for southern universities and the American Council on Education which had sponsored Dr. Fernandez’ year as an academic administrative intern at Emory.

Most of the other series in this group of records are those organized around major administrative functions of the Student and Academic Services office (e.g. Admissions, Registrar, Housing, etc.). Each of these series provides information in some degree of detail about some aspects o a particular function and how Dr. Fernandez cooperated with officers and staff members responsible for this function.

Absent from these files is much documentation of Dr. Fernandez’ work with the various personnel deans and the Deans for Campus Life. Occasional memos and reports, many found in general working files of the office in Series 1, give some evidence of ongoing cooperation and mutual support which existed among Dr. Fernandez and these other officers, but neither extensive exchanges of correspondence nor numerous reports are present in this particular group of records.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 12 series: (1) General Office Files, 1967-1980, (2) Admissions, 1972-1980, (3) Registrar, 1974-1978, (4) Financial Aid and Scholarships, 1975-1980, (5) Housing, 1972-1976, (6) Career Planning and Placement, 1969-1978, (7) Health Services, 1967-1978, (8) Testing and Evaluation, 1974-1978, (9) Student Organizations and Activities, 1974-1978, (10) Other University-related Organizations and Activities, 1966-1979, (11) Organizations and Activities Outside of Emory University, 1974-1979, and (12) Unprocessed additions.

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