Interview with Charles Epps

Dean Epps, the students had targeted President Nabrit and Dean Snowden as symbols of people who they felt should resign from the school. What was your reaction, what was the reaction of the faculty to these charges.


Yes I was aware that the students in 1968 were demanding that, ah, president James Nabrit and Dean Frank Snowden resigned, in fact they said immediately. I think I shared the views with most of the faculty that first of all it is not the business of students to, ah, select and appoint faculty, and certainly not select or appoint the president of the university. Dr. Nabrit has an outstanding record as an attorney and a civil rights litigator before he became president, and I think he managed the university well during his tenure. Frank Snowden was and is an outstanding scholar of classics, and while they may not have enjoyed classics as much as he would have liked, you have to respect him for his accomplishments in the field. He represents a, ah, endeavor that has persisted for four thousand years, and if you ever had a chance to talk to him, he exudes enthusiasm about classics, ah, now that would be in sharp conflict with their, for example their request for Black studies. But, ah, I think you have to balance that, and I think they should judge Snowden on his abilities to manage the college of the liberal arts not as a classicist.