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Thomas P. Wallace Presidential Papers, 1985-2003 | Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University

By Jenna Self

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Collection Overview

Title: Thomas P. Wallace Presidential Papers, 1985-2003Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1988-1995


Primary Creator: Wallace, Thomas P.

Extent: 17.1 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The Thomas P. Wallace Presidential Papers collection is arranged in seven series by content and type of materials. The first series holds governing materials. The second series contains university financial and budgeting files. The third series includes files pertaining to the academic affairs of the university's colleges and departments as well as staff and faculty affairs material. The fourth series holds files on student and alumni affairs. The fifth series contains subject files and personal materials created by the President's Office during Wallace's tenure. The sixth and seventh series hold photographs and various forms of digital media.

Subjects: College presidents - Illinois - Normal - Correspondence., Illinois State University - Presidents - Correspondence., Universities and colleges - Illinois - Normal - Management., Wallace, Thomas P., Wallace, Thomas P. - Correspondence.

Languages: English


The Thomas P. Wallace Presidential Papers contain materials of ISU's fourteenth president. The collection holds correspondence, reports, committee materials, photographs, and media that were created and collected during Wallace's presidency.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Series I: Governance, 1988-1995 holds materials from the governing boards of the university. This includes committee materials, correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, policies, and news releases.

Series II: Business Affairs, 1988-1995 contains budget materials, building information, and fundraising materials.

Series III: Academic Affairs, 1988-1995 includes college and department materials such as correspondence and reports. It also includes faculty/staff information including personnel materials, grant information, and vitae.

Series IV: Student Affairs, 1988-1995 holds alumni materials, athletics information, student disturbances, and financial aid materials.

Series V: President's Office, 1985,1988-1995, 1997, 2003 contains correspondence, committee materials, homecoming information, proclamations, state of the university address, and writings by President Wallace.

Series VI: Photographs, undated, consists of photographs taken by Thomas Wallace.

Series VII: Media, 1995 contains 3.5 inch floppy discs, audio cassettes, and microcassettes.

Collection Historical Note

Thomas P. Wallace was the fourteenth president of Illinois State University, succeeding Lloyd Watkins as president. Wallace received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the State University of New York, master's degrees in chemistry from St. Lawrence and Syracuse, and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Clarkson. Before coming to ISU, Wallace worked as dean of the College of Science at Rochester Institute of Technology, dean of Sciences and Health Professions followed by vice president of academic affairs at Old Dominion University, and finally chancellor at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. Shortly after beginning his presidency at ISU, Wallace began strategic planning with a focus on finances. The country's recession was affecting the university's funding so Wallace found ways to increase the budget by reducing enrollment, creating a new tuition model, and increasing fundraising. A new science building was on the top of Wallace's construction list. He proposed using private developers to fund the construction. The Board of Regents denied this proposal and chose to finance the building with state funds. In January 1995, the Bloomington, Illinois based newspaper The Pantagraph revealed that the ISU Foundation had been supplementing Wallace's salary since 1993. A committee to investigate the president's conduct was created and the committee's report was released on May 5, 1995. The committee found that the supplemental income was not in violation of any university policies, but the revelation provided fodder for Wallace's critics. A confidence vote was implemented through the university mail system. Of the returned ballots, 48% were votes of no confidence with 42% declaring support for the president. Wallace offered his resignation to the Board of Regents and after negotiations, Wallace's resignation was accepted on July 13, 1995. David Strand succeeded Wallace and became the university's fifteenth president.

Subject/Index Terms

College presidents - Illinois - Normal - Correspondence.
Illinois State University - Presidents - Correspondence.
Universities and colleges - Illinois - Normal - Management.
Wallace, Thomas P.
Wallace, Thomas P. - Correspondence.

Administrative Information

Repository: Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives at Illinois State University

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research. However, some materials may be restricted. Please refer to Archives staff for assistance.

Use Restrictions: Materials held within the Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured by the repository and the copyright holder.

Technical Access Note: Some materials in this collection require special equipment and may not be accessible. Please see Archives staff for assistance.

Acquisition Method: These materials were transferred to the University Archives after the year 2000. The exact year of transfer is not known. They were inventoried as part of the larger University Archives collection in 2011.

Related Publications:

Blystone, Susan. The Rhetoric of Print Journalism: Illinois State University President Thomas P. Wallace and The Pantagraph. Master's Thesis, Illinois State University, 2003.

Peterson, David L. Retirement In Illinois Community Colleges 1985-86. Normal: Office of the President, 1986.

Keller, George. Academic Strategy: The Management Revolution in American Higher Education. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983.

Cope, Robert G. Opportunity from Strength: Strategic Planning Clarified with Case Examples. Washington, D.C.: Association for the Study of Higher Education, 1987.

Preferred Citation: Thomas P. Wallace Presidential Papers, Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Processing Information: Materials were re-housed in acid free folders and boxes. Paper clips were removed.

Other URL: https://library.illinoisstate.edu/collections/presidential-history/

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Governance, 1988-1995.],
[Series II: Business Affairs, 1988-1995.],
[Series III: Academic Affairs, 1988-1995.],
[Series IV: Student Affairs, 1988-1995.],
[Series V: President's Office, 1985, 1988-1995, 1997, 2003.],
[Series VI: Photographs, undated.],
[Series VII: Media, 1995.],

Series IV: Student Affairs, 1988-1995.Add to your cart.
Series IV contains student affairs materials relating to alumni, athletics, enrollment, and financial aid. The enrollment materials include "A Position on Enrollment Reduction Planning" which was a plan to reduce enrollment so the university could better deal with the reduction in financial support.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 174: Alumni, 1994.Add to your cart.
Folder 175: Enrollment, 1991, 1993-1995.Add to your cart.
Folder 176: Financial Aid, 1991, 1993.Add to your cart.
Folder 177: Persona-Non-Grata, 1994.Add to your cart.
These materials are restricted.  Please see a staff member for assistance.
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Folder 174A: Athletics, 1988-1990.Add to your cart.
Folder 177A: The Undergraduate Experience in a Student-Centered Environment, 1992.Add to your cart.
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Item 4: Athletics 3.5" floppy discAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Governance, 1988-1995.],
[Series II: Business Affairs, 1988-1995.],
[Series III: Academic Affairs, 1988-1995.],
[Series IV: Student Affairs, 1988-1995.],
[Series V: President's Office, 1985, 1988-1995, 1997, 2003.],
[Series VI: Photographs, undated.],
[Series VII: Media, 1995.],

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