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40 years ago: KU convocation to go on as planned

August 22, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 22, 1972:

At the urging of the vice-chancellors, Kansas University interim Chancellor Raymond Nichols had decided to go ahead with KU's opening convocation as scheduled. Nichols had originally recommended to the vice chancellors that the university cancel the traditional event this year in the wake of the sudden resignation of Laurence Chalmers as chancellor. "We will go ahead and have it," Nichols said, adding that he would make a short speech, focusing on the year ahead. Chalmers meanwhile told reporters that he was keeping all employment options open, including the possibility of remaining at KU in a faculty position. He also mentioned a few other institutions that had sounded him out in the past about serving as president on their campuses. At the time of his resignation this past weekend, which had coincided with the news of his divorce, Chalmers had said that he knew of only two other major American universities headed by single men.

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