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Furman to Register 'All Qualified Students'

An article appearing in Furman's student newspaper, The Paladin, dated October 12, 1963, detailing a Furman Board of Trustees meeting, held October 8th, 1963, where the Board approved a resolution that Furman University consider applications for admission from all qualified applicants. The author also writes about other topics discussed in the meeting.

Furman To Register 'All Qualified Students' -- By JOHN EDWARDS -- Last Tuesday at its semi-annual meeting, the Board of Trustees of Furman University voted that all qualified applicants be admitted to the institution. There was one opposing vote. In issuing the statement, J. Wilbert Wood, chairman of the board, stated, "The Board of Trustees of Furman University approved a resolution that Furman University consider application for admission from all qualified applicants." When asked if a Negro had ever applied for admission to the University, Dr. John L. Plyler replied, "No, but such application would be handled in a routine way by the administration, and all matters such as the awarding of scholarships or assigning of dormitory room would be dealt with as the need arose." A second item of business was the possible establishment of a two-year college of the basic medical sciences. Wood stated, "After considering a recommendation by a study committee of local citizens and the Advisory Council of Furman University, the Board of Trustees of Furman University approved a motion that the board's chairman appoint a committee to study the feasibility of establishing a two-year college of the basic medical services. Dr. George Christenberry pointed out that this committee would conduct what might be called a "study in depth." In other business, President Plyler presented an overall report to the board, pointing out that in the University's current development program 2002 gifts have been received in the Greenville-area program for a total of $1,225,661.82. Christenberry reported that a capital-gifts campaign in the Charlotte, N. C. area will begin Nov. 4. Other campaigns are now in progress in Greenwood and Atlanta, Ga. and are planned for Columbia, Spartanburg and Anderson in the immediate future. Furman is also co-operating with the South Carolina Foundation of Independent Colleges in alumni-giving programs in Florence, Hartsville and Darlington and will initiate a simliar program Oct. 21 in Charleston. Speaking on the academic status of the University, Dr. Francis W. Bonner, dean of the University summarized recent developments. He explained that Furman, as a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and School, Is currently participating in a self-study program in which all members of the faculty, administration and trustees, as well as some alumni and students, will conduct a thorough and complete study of this entire operation. The time required is usually two years, at the conclusion of which the institution is visited by a committee which evaluates the self-study and the effectiveness of the educational program. Dean Bonner noted, "It is expected that enough teachers will complete requirements for the Ph.D. degree this year to bring to 65 percent the population of earned doctorates on the faculty."