A Place of Light: The Story of a University Presidency

A Place of Light: The Story of a University Presidency

A Place of Light: The Story of a University Presidency

A Place of Light: The Story of a University Presidency

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This is a personal history--the story of almost twenty years in the lives of two people who were fortunate in having shared in the adventure of building a new University. The writing is a collaboration, but for simplicity the point of view is that of Mary Bell Decker. It makes no pretension to being a definitive history of the University of Kansas City. That task is for some future historian when age, distance and detachment permit an objective appraisal of this young university set in the heart of America. When such a historian does his research, we hope he will find in these pages something of the spirit out of which the University was conceived, born and fostered--a spirit compounded of hope to have the best for the community, of pride in the lusty project, of courage in facing setbacks, of generous support on many fronts. This story is also the record of the marriage of Town and Gown as we saw it--and lived it--at the University of Kansas City, and as it is seen and lived on many other campuses in America. It is a story of joy and pain, success and stalemate, triumph and trial, work and play--in short, a story of human beings engaged in a dynamic venture.

CLARENCE R. DECKER MARY BELL DECKER

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