In this 2005 interview, William Shorrock (1941-2007), a retired Cleveland State University official, discusses the history of Cleveland State University during the period 1969-2005, including the development of new programs and new buildings on campus during this time period. Professor Shorrock, whose undergraduate degree was from Dennison University, obtained a PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin in 1968 and was hired by Cleveland State University in 1969 as an assistant professor in the History Department. He later became a full professor, served as Chairperson of the History Department from 1980-1987, and devoted the last 17 years of his career (from 1988-2005) at Cleveland State in various administrative capacities as a Vice Provost. Among other notable events in the history of Cleveland State, Professor Shorrock discusses the impact of the Kent State University massacre on CSU students, talks about the quality of student housing in the early days of the University, and also talks about problems with race relations in the City of Cleveland and at the University in the 1970s.


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Shorrock, William (interviewee)


Clayton, Richard (interviewer)


History 400



Document Type

Oral History


51 minutes

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