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The Ohio State University in the Sixties

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William J. Shkurti is retired from The Ohio State University. His most recent positions have been Senior Vice President for Business and Finance from 2000 to 2010 and Vice President for Finance from 1990 to 2000. He was also an undergraduate at OSU from 1964 to 1968. Currently, Bill is an adjunct professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.


"Bill Shkurti has been a Buckeye for more than fifty years, first as an undergrad--class of '68--and grad student, then as a dedicated member of OSU's senior staff. Now he's serving the university again--this time by giving it the honest, complex, compelling history it deserves. If you want to understand Ohio State, you have to read this terrific book." --Kevin Boyle, William Smith Mason Professor of American History at Northwestern University and author of Arc of Justice, winner of the 2004 National Book Award in nonfiction "'Those were the days, my friend /; We thought they'd never end.' "William Shkurti's new book on the 1960s at Ohio State jet propels us through possibly the most dramatic decade in the life of the university. What a trip it was. Shkurti evenhandedly captures the many moods, ironies, and small acts of heroism of this period, when the university also was undergoing the most rapid growth of its history." --Emily Foster, retired as associate vice president for university relations at The Ohio State University and author of after a career in journalism and public relations. She has published three books of history, including The Ohio State University District: A Neighborhood History. "Meticulously researched, colorfully told, The Ohio State University in the Sixties is indispensable to understanding the transformation of higher education in a turbulent era." --Mike Curtin, retired editor, The Columbus Dispatch "In The Ohio State University in the Sixties, Bill Shkurti draws on extensive print resources and many, many people to tell the complete story of Ohio State in the turbulent '60s. And what a story it is. Why all those student demonstrations? Why the twelve-day closure in spring '70? What significant changes got made in the early '70s? What impact has that period had on higher education today? The reader is fully engaged; the story and its importance all become clear." --Joan Leitzel, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, The Ohio State University, and President Emeritus, University of New Hampshire "Shkurti's research and sourcing are impeccable. He relates what's happening on campus to national and world events and to the seismic generational and technological changes during the '60s. And his easy, lively writing style makes for pleasurable reading." --Lee Leonard, former Ohio Statehouse reporter and columnist with The Columbus Dispatch "This is the best account of OSU in the 1960s that I've seen. Bill Shkurti has presented a thorough account of the issues and events of the period. These were controversial times, and this book respects different points of view. Particularly noteworthy is the use of the student newspaper, the Lantern, to shed light on the student perspective. His experiences as a former student and later as a vice president has enabled him to present a very balanced and accurate work. . . . Check the pictures. You may see someone you know!" --Raimund E. Goerler, author of The Ohio State University: An Illustrated History (OSU Press)

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