Wayne State University Office of the President George E. Gullen Records

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20 linear feet (20 SB)

George E. Gullen Jr., was the sixth president of Wayne State University. An alumnus, he first joined the University in an official capacity as Vice President of University Relations in 1966 after serving ten years as a Vice President of American Motors Corporation. In 1971, he was named acting president and was fully appointed as president in 1972, a title he kept until 1978.

During Gullen’s presidency, many improvements were made both academically and physically to Wayne State University. He initiated an affirmative action policy for the University, established the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, and appointed the first woman vice president in the University’s history. In addition, under his direction, the University’s School of Medicine became the largest single-campus medical school in the nation.

This collection consists primarily of correspondence within the university about university policies and general administrative duties, as well as meeting minutes, administrative reports, and photographs. This collection also notably contains information about affirmative action, the Commission on the Status of Women, the University City project, WSU’s School of Medicine and medical affiliations, and campus development.

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