John L. Blackburn papers
Contains personal papers, documents, records, and accomplishments of John L. Blackburn.
- Blackburn, John L. (Person)
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Blackburn was a native of Malta Bend, Missouri. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Missouri Valley College, his master’s degree in education from the University of Colorado and his doctorate in higher education management from Florida State University. Recruited to the University of Alabama in 1956 as assistant dean of men, John Blackburn rose through administrative ranks, holding positions as dean of men, dean for student development and vice president for educational development. Among benchmarks of his distinguished career at the Capstone was the central role he played in the peaceful desegregation of the University. The University recognized his tenure of service by establishing the Blackburn Institute in his honor in 1995. In 2008 Blackburn was named a Pillar of West Alabama and in 2009 he was awarded the Rotary Rose.
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