“Q” is for Quill E. Cope

Quill E. Cope served as the fourth president of this university from 1958 to 1968. Accomplishments during his tenure include this institution achieving university status and changing its name to MTSU, the first computer arriving on campus and the campus growing both in enrollment and in new buildings.

The controversial firing of Jack Bates, a professor in the business department, also occurred during Cope’s administration. Bates claimed his firing was due to his support of a fraternity dance against the will of department administrators, while Cope and university officials justified their decision because his contract ended and he lacked the proper academic degree to teach. This 1966 issue of The Sidelines, included in this post, covered this story along with another story about faculty stopping the performance of a student play, which received national news coverage. One or both of these headline stories brought about the first official meeting of MTSU’s Faculty Senate. Visit the AGRC’s exhibit on the Faculty Senate’s 50th anniversary for more information on its early history and activity since then. The exhibit is located on the first floor of the James E. Walker Library and will be on display until the end of this week, Friday, April 1.

Written by Bradley Harjehausen, graduate assistant


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