Records of the Office of the President, James D. McComas
Scope and Content
This collection contains public letters and memoranda from Virginia Tech President, James D. McComas, from 1989 to 1991 to the university community as well as records regarding McComas's 1988 inauguration. Correspondence pertains to different university committees, including the University Name Committee, and the university budget. Inauguration records include programs and invitations, notes and guests lists, reports and meeting minutes, schedules and seating arrangements for the ceremony, budgets and financial documents, and memoranda and letters from the Inaugural Steering Committee, Inauguration Special Events Committee, Adjunct Activities Committee, the Publicity and Public Relations subcommittee, Program Committee, and others. There are also example inauguration programs from other universities.
- 1988 - 1991
- McComas, James D. (Person)
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Office of the President (Organization)
Language of Materials
The materials in this collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
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James D. McComas (1928-1994) was the thirteenth President of Virginia Tech, serving from 1988 to 1994. Born on December 23, 1928, in Pritchard, West Virginia, he earned his bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in 1951 and his master's and doctorate degrees from Ohio State University in 1960 and 1962, respectively. From 1966 to 1967, he served as the head of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at New Mexico State University. He was dean of the College of Education both at Kansas State University from 1967 to 1969 and at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville from 1969 through 1976. McComas served as president of Mississippi State University (1976-1985) and of the University of Toledo (1985-1988) prior to joining Virginia Tech. He resigned on account of his health, effective January 1994, and died on February 10, 1994.
Mississippi State named their new creative arts building after McComas in 1991. Virginia Tech presented him the Ruffner Medal posthumously on Founders Day 1994. The university named McComas Hall in his memory in 1998.
Source: "Presidents", Virginia Tech History website, https://history.unirel.vt.edu/administration/presidents.html
0.4 Cubic Feet (1 box)
This collection contains public letters and memoranda from Virginia Tech President, James D. McComas, from 1989 to 1991 to the university community as well as records regarding McComas's 1988 inauguration. McComas (1928-1994) was the thirteenth President of Virginia Tech, serving from 1988 to 1994.
This collection is arranged chronologically.
Source of Acquisition
The Records of the Office of the President, James D. McComas were transferred to Special Collections and University Archives in April 2019.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Records of the Office of the President, James D. McComas by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Records of the Office of the President, James D. McComas was completed in August 2021.
- Records of the Office of the President, James D. McComas, 1988-1991
- Tyler Williams, Student Worker, and LM Rozema, Archivist
- 2021 (CC0 1.0)
- Language of description
- Script of description
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