Gov. Wallace installs Dr. Philpott as AU President
Date: 1966 Size: 470x330 pixels
Governor George C. Wallace installed a beaming Harry Melvin Philpott as Auburn's eleventh president in 1966.  Wallace was governor and ex officio president of Auburn's Board of Trustees during most of Philpott's time as University president.  Wallace attended only one trustee meeting, Philpott recalled during interviews with Archivist Dwayne Cox in the early 1990s.  Philpott said Wallace "did not interfere" at Auburn during Philpott's years as president.  For instance, Wallace "did not raise a question about the employment of black faculty about the admission of black students."  Auburn had admitted its first black student before Philpott became president, and Wallace had not stood in the schoolhouse door then, as he had done at Tuscaloosa in his "segregation forever" mode.  Auburn signed a black athlete to a scholarship for the first time after Philpott arrived.  Philpott said Alabama's Bear Bryant did not sign a black player until Auburn had done so.
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