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Executive Council records

 Record Group
Identifier: 001-003-002

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of meeting agendas and minutes for the Executive Council, as well as some memoranda and additional informational material for committee members.


  • Creation: 1967-1976


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access. This collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

Towson University Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is the owner of the original materials and digitized images in our collections; however, the collection may contain materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials. Consult with SCUA to determine if we can provide permission for use.

Biographical / Historical

At its first meeting in September 1967, President Hawkins informed the other four members of the Executive Council of Towson State College that its creation was part of a three-pronged replacement for the Administrative Council. The Executive Council was made up of the Deans and Directors of the school’s four divisions: General Administration, Academic Administration, Student Personnel Administration, and the Business Management Administration. Charles Haslup, the Associate Dean of the College, served as Secretary to the Council.

The Council advised the President on matters relating to the everyday functions of the College, such as parking issues, staff and faculty positions, campus speakers, campus expansion, and student services.

Under James Fisher, Hawkin’s successor, the Council became an advisory board not just for school decisions, but also on public relations matters for the President. They advised on tactics that should be taken in regards to various crises the Administration faced such as the response to the Kent State University and Jackson State College killings in 1970, the dire fiscal picture of the 1970s, the reactions of peer institutions to the decision to re-name the school Towson State University, and Fisher’s own political aspirations.

In 1972, the heads of the four school divisions were named Vice Presidents, and so often the meetings were referred to as “VP Meetings”. When Towson State College became Towson State University in July of 1976, the Executive Council Meetings were re-named the President’s Staff Meetings.


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Language of Materials


Guide to the Executive Council records
Felicity Knox (updated by John Esh, 2020)
May 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Towson University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Albert S. Cook Library
8000 York Rd
Towson MD 21252 United States