Dr. Jean-Claude De Bremaecker, Professor of Geophysics, asks for report from Faculty-Student screening committee at meeting announcing Dr. William H. Masterson as President, Rice University
A five-day controversy rose on the campus of Rice University in February 1969 following the appointment of Dr. William H. Masterson by the Board of Trustees as the university’s new President to succeed Kenneth Pitzer, who had resigned in August 1968. Members of the faculty and student body protested in particular the method by which Masterson had been appointed, which was perceived as a unilateral decision by the Board without sufficient consultation with the committee of faculty and students appointed earlier by the Board to assist in suggesting and screening candidates’ names. A variety of personal objections to Masterson himself were also voiced, along with concern about appointment of a President from within the university (Masterson was a former graduate of Rice who had joined the faculty in the Department of History in 1951 and served later as Dean of Humanities before leaving Rice in 1966 to serve as President of the University of Chattanooga). As a result of the pressure created by the protests and by a campus-wide poll conducted among students and faculty (results of which were made known to Masterson), the controversy ended with Masterson’s resignation as President on February 25th, five days after his appointment had been announced.
Dr. Jean-Claude DeBremaecker, a Professor in Rice University’s Department of Geology and Geophysics at a crowded meeting of the Faculty-Student screening committee during which Dr. William H. Masterson was announced as Rice University's President. DeBremaecker, wearing a dark suit has risen from his chair to ask a question of the committee. Additional audience members can be seen seated around him, as well as standing in the back of the room. Original resource is a color slide.
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