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Title:Office of the President (Curry) records
Dates:1967-2002 (bulk 1989-1995)
Call Number:A72

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the tenure of John A. Curry as the fifth president of NU from 1989 to 1996 and includes records created by JAC while he held various administrative positions under his predecessor, Kenneth G. Ryder. Because JAC oversaw much of NU's daily operations while he was executive vice president, the records of some departments and committees date from years before and continue during his presidency. Files concerning the School of Law, Faculty Senate, Fenway Project Area Committee, Affirmative Action, Retrenchment, and Title IX, for example, document his longstanding interest in and ongoing work with these units and issues.

This collection contains information about many of NU's colleges, departments, offices, committees, and other units. It also documents JAC's involvement with external organizations locally and nationally. The collection is organized into three series. Series 1 documents issues and operations of NU's colleges and departments and the relationship between the President's Office and various administrative units. Of particular interest are records documenting the restructuring of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences in 1992.

Series 2 includes records of NU and external committees, councils, and organizations not related to any specific NU college or department. Of particular importance in documenting the changes under JAC's tenure are the records of the Special Committee on Enrollment. The records of the Faculty Senate show JAC's efforts to maintain a positive working relationship with the faculty. The Presidential Commission on Diversity, Tolerance and Community document JAC's work to fight discrimination and celebrate diversity at NU. The records of the search for the Ombudsman for Diversity (restricted for 75 years) indicate his vision for how that new position would support diversity at NU. Information about long-range planning is located in Series 3, but the records of the University Long-Range Planning Committee is in Series 2. Series 2 also includes material relating to committees, groups, and universities outside NU with which JAC was involved and, in some cases, on whose board JAC served. Especially significant are the organizations concerned with higher education, public schools, cooperative education, and other education-related issues at the local, state, national, and international levels. Of special note are the records of the Boston Plan for Excellence in the Public Schools of which JAC was a trustee from 1990 to 1993.

Series 3 is comprised of subject files. It also includes biographical information about JAC. This series contains information about the major challenges and opportunities with which JAC was concerned during his presidency including fiscal constraints, academic improvement, external relations, and administrative restructuring. There is also information about commencements and honorary degree recipients.