Vice President for Operations records, 1956-1965
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Brief Description: The Vice President of Operations records consist of correspondence, financial records, and reports used to oversee the business operations of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus from 1960 to 1964. The files document the activities of associations, organizations, and academic departments at Southern Illinois University, as well as state and national associations of which Southern Illinois University was a member. The files also document decisions made by committees during this time, event and program planning, records of the university's involvement in federal and state government, and the personal correspondence of John Grinnell, the first Vice President of Operations. The files also contain plans for building and expansion of both the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 3/RG 10/RG 10-1
Created by: Southern Illinois University (Carbondale campus). Vice President for Operations.
Volume: 20.0 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 11/05/1965.
Arrangement: Arranged in 14 series: 1. Associations and Organizations; 2. Auxiliary and Service Enterprises; 3. Budget Files; 4. Bulletins; 5. Business Affairs; 6. Committees and Councils; 7. Events and Programs; 8. General Student Welfare; 9. Government; 10. Instruction; 11. University Services; 12. Physical Plant; 13. Planning and Development; 14: Personal Correspondance.
Biographical Note for Southern Illinois University (Carbondale campus). Vice President for Operations. :

The position of Executive Assistant for the Carbondale Campus, with the title of Vice-President of Operations for the Carbondale Campus, was created by the Board of Trustees on December 12,  1959. It was created to separate the responsibilities for planning and review from the responsibility for operation. The Vice-President's responsibilities were critical scrutiny and review of the business operation and physicial development of the University and other duties as assigned by the President. The departments that reported to the Vice-President were the Division of Technical and Adult Education, the Division of Extension, the Officer of the Registrar and Director of Admissions of the Carbondale Campus, the General Library, the University Museum, the University Press, the Statistical Service, the Carbondale Business Manager, the Director of the Physical Plant, the Carbondale Personnel Office, Auxiliary Enterprises on the Carbondale campus, and the Carbondale Director of Student Affairs.

John Grinnell was appointed the first Vice-President in February 1960. He went on sabbatical from January to March 1964, during which time Dean William J. McKeefery was the acting Vice-President. After Grinnell retired in September 1964, the role was split into three operating vice presidents: the Vice President for Business Affairs, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Vice President for Student and Area Services. These positions were held respectively by John S. Rendleman, Robert MacVicar, and Ralph Ruffner. In 1968 the Operating Vice President organization was phased out when chancellors were installed on the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses. Robert MacVicar became the chancellor for the Carbondale Campus, and John Rendleman the chancellor for the Edwardsville Campus.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Southern Illinois University (Carbondale campus) - Administration
Universities and colleges - Administration
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Acquisition Notes: unknown
PreferredCitation: [item], Vice President for Operations records, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Finding Aid Revisions: Processed by Claire Fettig in February 2019.