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Wilson, John Delane



WLU President 1983–1995

Found in 38 Collections and/or Records:

Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Gottwald from John D. Wilson, 1991-02-20

 Item — Box 1: [Barcode: 0000007281], Folder: 7
Scope and Contents Starts with a personal touch about the start of Washington Week Break. Notes the tuition for the 1991-92 school year, but explains that this figure may be impeding for some families and also addresses the scholarship endowment and its growth and priority. Also notes the importance of the overall endowment fund and the need of a 'stronger permanent financial foundation.' Highlights another impressive year in admissions as well as the caliber and competitive nature. The Lenfest Center is now...
Dates: 1991-02-20

Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Gottwald from John D. Wilson, 1991-09-06

 Item — Box 1: [Barcode: 0000007282], Folder: 7
Scope and Contents Remarks on the declining financial support of the University's counterparts, yet makes it clear that the University enters the 'new year in a vibrant condition'. Notes the sudden death of Professor Minor Rodgers, a member of the Department of Religion on campus. Includes an update on the landscaping of the Lenfest Center, the new addition to Lewis Hall, the near completion of the Fraternity Renaissance, and the donation, by Elizabeth Watson, of a collection of oriental artifacts to be housed...
Dates: 1991-09-06

Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Gottwald from John D. Wilson, 1992-01-24

 Item — Box 1: [Barcode: 0000007283], Folder: 8
Scope and Contents : Starts with a note about the weather, and tells of Oscar Arias's recent visit to Lee Chapel – the former President of Costa Rica and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and identifies other noteworthy future visitors to campus as well as to VMI. Carefully notes the development of the Fraternity Renaissance and also reports on the sorority rush process, including the introduction of Pi Beta Phi. Also remarks on the record-setting number of applicant pools. Notes February as the start of the...
Dates: 1992-01-24

Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Gottwald from John D. Wilson, 1992-06-16

 Item — Box 1: [Barcode: 0000007284], Folder: 8
Scope and Contents

Writes a few days after Commencement, and remarks on the high retention rate, around 90%, for the University – an indication on the bond students feel for the school. Notes the tragic death of Lisa Corwin and Wilson's upcoming trip to English with his wife Anne. Upon return, Wilson intends to fully dedicate himself to the success of the Campaign for Washington and Lee and notes the necessity of its success.

Dates: 1992-06-16

Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Gottwald from John D. Wilson , 1987-06-15

 Item — Box 1: [Barcode: 0000007267], Folder: 3
Scope and Contents Writing to Libby and Bill Gottwald following Commencement, describes Lexington as experiencing the 'mass exodus' yet describes his busy schedule of University business, including finding a replacement for Law School Dean Rick Kirgis and receiving the funding necessary for a micro-computer lab in the School of Commerce, the restoration of Morris House, development of a new arts center, an increase in both applications and the Annual Fund. Yet Wilson also identifies what still needs to be done...
Dates: 1987-06-15

Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Gottwald from John D. Wilson, 1987-11-17

 Item — Box 1: [Barcode: 0000007268], Folder: 3
Scope and Contents Starts with a personal touch, remarks that Gaines Hall is open and occupied though adds humorously that 'we didn't remember to put a party room in the basement,' and Gilliam House also is newly renovated and occupied. Wilson makes it clear that the freshman class is doing exceedingly well, and also notes that the retention rate increases every year. Also mentions a fundraiser where campus fraternity Sigma Nu raffled off the President's office for a day and Wilson was forced to attend the...
Dates: 1987-11-17

Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Gottwald from John D. Wilson, 1988-02-15

 Item — Box 1: [Barcode: 0000007269], Folder: 4
Scope and Contents Describes the beginning of Washington Break, updates the Gottwald's of the Board's decision to fix tuition at $8,900. Notes that after 2 years of coeducation, retention rates were increasingly rapidly and as a result the incoming freshman class would have to be reduced. Also addresses the issue of the decrepit frat houses, and the process and cost of renovations, but expresses his commitment in solving this problem. Notes that while Gaines Hall is occupied, it is not finished. Wilson also...
Dates: 1988-02-15

Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Gottwald from John D. Wilson, 1988-05-16

 Item — Box 1: [Barcode: 0000007270], Folder: 4
Scope and Contents Describes the end of the year as Commencement approaches. Describes the reunion of the Classes of '38 and '63 and their generous monetary donations. Describes the keynote speech of Philippe Labro ('58). Also adds details on the sports program, specifically the upcoming national tennis championships. Notes that on the following afternoon members of the Gaines family will help the University dedicate Gaines Hall. Also goes into detail regarding his upcoming sabbatical leave and his trip to ...
Dates: 1988-05-16

Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Gottwald from Thomas V. Litzenburg, 1994-04-04

 Item — Box 1: [Barcode: 0000007291], Folder: 10
Scope and Contents

Notes the incoming spring, as well as the continuing research of the Reeves Center, specifically the Chinese Export porcelain collection yet also touches on the lack of funding needed to adequately complete these projects. Highlights the Reeves center as an objective academic resource as well as a staple of the University community. Also touches on the influx of art being gifted to the center. Letter also includes a hand written personal note at the bottom.

Dates: 1994-04-04

Libby and Floyd D. Gottwald Correspondence

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0541
Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence between Libby and Floyd Gottwald and several faculty and staff of Washington and Lee University. Topics include the university's finances, initiatives, and events.

Dates: Inclusive 1983-1995

Peter Agelasto Records

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0352
Scope and Contents

These records compiled by Agelasto on coeducation at Washington and Lee University from 1983-1984 include letters from alumni, surveys and studies, discussions and reports, and letters from the university president, John D. Wilson.

Dates: Inclusive 1983-1984

Washington and Lee Miscellany, 1980 - 1993

 File — Box 1: [Barcode: 0000004488], Folder: 20
Scope and Contents

The file includes:

  • A Lenfest Center folder
  • Commencement Exercises Program, 1983
  • Fine Arts Division Presentation of Awards Program, June 2, 1993
  • Letter from John D. Wilson, December 2, 1986
  • Washington and Lee Concert Guild Program, 1989-90
  • Washington and Lee fine Arts Calendar of Events

Dates: 1980 - 1993

Additional filters:

Archival Object 35
Collection 3
Correspondence 6
Coeducation 2
Fund raising 2
Alumni and alumnae 1
Class reunions 1