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Samuel A. Kirkpatrick papers

Identifier: 02.SK

Scope and Contents

The Samuel Kirkpatrick papers contain information about Kirkpatrick's term as president of Eastern Michigan University, 2000-2004. This includes but is not limited to faculty meeting minutes, new faulty orientation, faculty excellence awards, outreach programs and events on campus, EMU's relationship with Washtenaw County, campus proposals and initiatives, and Kirkpatrick's inauguration.

The collection is divided into three series: Inauguration


  • Creation: 2000 - 2004


Conditions Governing Access

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

Biographical Note

Samuel A. Kirkpatrick was the nineteenth president of Eastern Michigan University serving from 2000 to 2004. Before arriving at Eastern Micigan University, Kirkpatrick earned a bachelor's degree in education from Shippensburg University and his masters and Ph.D. in political science from Pennsylvania State University. In the years following, from 1970 to 1990, Kirkpatrick was employed as faculty by several colleges and universities, most notably as the head of the Political Science Department at Texas A&M University and later the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. Kirkpatrick was the fourth president of the University of Texas at San Antonio. During his nine years at UTSA, from 1990 to 1999, Kirkpatrick oversaw major expansion at the school, including building projects, degree programs and enrollment.

While serving as President at EMU, Kirkpatrick developed a comprehensive strategic development plan and regorganized the University's leadership by creating the position of Vice-President for Advancement, as well as a new chief officer of information. He also made certain to gain re-addcreditation for the University. Extending academics on campus was also an important goal of Kirkpatricks, and he supported many new graduate and undergraduate programs, including the introductions of a Ph.D. in technology and clinical psychology. He pushed for a larger presidents house, stating more space would be better suited for holding events and fundraisers at the home; the cost to complete this renovation is estimated at 6 million dollars.

Kirkpatrick resigned from Eastern Michigan University in 2004.


13.8 Linear Feet (3 record center cartons, 4 archive boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 oversize tube)

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Samuel A. Kirkpatrick was the 19th president of Eastern Michigan University, serving from 2000 through 2004. The Samuel A. Kirkpatrick papers include documentation from his inauguration, outreach programs and events on campus, campus development and proposals, and the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan Board Meetings. Records date from 2000 to 2004.

Related Materials

For more information on Samuel Kirkpatrick, please see the Biographical and Photograph files in the University Archives.

Samuel A. Kirkpatrick papers
Natalie Morath, Elizabeth Searls, Brooke Boyst, CA
2013 April 9
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197