Office of the President (Shannon McCune) Records
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The collection consists of two alpha series of files, one for 1965 and one for 1966, which included correspondence, articles, memos, etc., as well as a box of correspondence of congratulations on the occasion of his inauguration.
Collection is open for research.
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Shannon B. McCune (1913–1993) was born in North Korea, the son of Presbyterian missionaries. He graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio, received a master's degree from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in geography from Clark University. He taught at Ohio State University and then was chair of the geography department at Colgate University from 1947 to 1955. From 1955 to 1961, he served as provost of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He then left academia and the United States to serve as the first civil administrator of the Ryukyu Islands from 1961 to 1964. He became the president of the University of Vermont in 1965, but resigned one year later, ostensibly for a research trip to Asia. But in reality, the board of trustees were unhappy with what they saw as his administrative incompetence, and forced him to resign in August of 1966.
In 1969 until his retirement in 1979 he was a professor of geography at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
His principle mark on UVM was his creation of three new vice presidents, for finance, academic affairs, and administration and student affairs; and the inception of the Canadian Studies Program.
Bibliography: Daniels, Robert V. editor. The University of Vermont : The First Two Hundred Years Hanover, NH : University of Vermont : Distributed by University Press of New England, 1991.
Ginsburg, Norton. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Volume 84, Issue 3 September 1994 , pages 493 - 499.
Howe, Martin (1993-01-08). "Shannon McCune, 79, Educator, Geographer and Asia Expert, Dies". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1993/01/08/us/shannon-mccune-79-educator-geographer-and-asia-expert-dies.html?pagewanted=1. (Both in Wikipedia, Shannon Boyd-Bailey McCune (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_Boyd-Bailey_McCune))
Marshall, Jeffrey. Universitas Viridis Montis, 1791-1991: An Exhibition of documents and artifacts telling the story of the University of Vermont. Burlington, Vt.: University of Vermont, 1991.
Smallwood, Frank. The University of Vermont Presidents: Two Centuries of Leadership. Burlington, Vt.: University of Vermont, 1997.
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McCune served as president of the University of Vermont from 1965-1966. The collection consists of two alpha series of files, one for 1965 and one for 1966, which included correspondence, articles, memos, etc., as well as a box of correspondence of congratulations on the occasion of his inauguration.
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