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Finding Aid for The S. Eugene Younts Papers: Vice President for Public Service and Outreach 1972-1999 UGA 02-036/ UGA 02-038

Record Group 5

118 Linear Feet : 1 Half Ms Box, 4 Ms. Boxes and 114 Bankers Boxes


Dr. Sanford Eugene Younts first joined the University of Georgia in 1969 as associate dean of the College of Agriculture and director of the Rural Development Center in Tifton. In 1972 Younts moved to Athens and succeeded J. W. Fanning to become the second person to hold the position of "Vice President for Public Service" at UGA. "Outreach" was added to the position's title in 1997.

During his tenure as Vice President, UGA's public services grew into the nation's largest campus-based outreach program, but when Younts first took over the reins of the division he found a program that had only six units. These were the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, the Institute of Community and Area Development, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the Cooperative Extension Service, the Marine Extension Service, and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Over the years, under Dr. Younts' leadership, the program grew to include seven additional units. Those seven units were the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Business Outreach Services, the Fanning Leadership Center, the Office of International Development, the Information Technology Outreach Service, the Museum of Natural History, and the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education. By the end of the 1990s, public services provided more than 6 million hours of service each year to the citizens of Georgia in addition to their interactions with those in other states and countries.

As Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, Younts was instrumental in leading the planning that culminated in the W. K. Kellogg Foundation awarding an $8.4 million dollar grant to the University to be used for the expansion of the the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. He also played a key role in obtaining funds for the renovation of the Lucy Cobb Institute (the home of one of his units-the Carl Vinson Institute of Government). Additionally Younts planned for and led the popular New Faculty Tours that, for many new faculty, provided an introduction to the state and its residents.

In 1997 Younts was recognized for his superior service to both the University of Georgia and the state of Georgia by a resolution of the House of Representatives and State Senate of the Georgia State Legislature. The resolution noted that Younts had served the "University of Georgia with the utmost ability and distinction for more than 25 years" and had "provided effective leadership during his tenure in bringing to bear the academic resources of the University of Georgia in improving the quality of life throughout the state".

Upon his retirement from the position of Vice President for Public Service and Outreach Younts remained at the University for another 15 months as a Distinguished Public Service Scholar. It was during this time that he began the research and writing of Alive As Long As He Lived-a biography of his predecessor J. W. Fanning. Dr. Younts holds the title of Vice President Emeritus and continues to write books, exhibit his original photographs, and speak to groups on various topics of interest.

Scope and Content:

The S. Eugene Younts Papers consists of two accessions, UGA 02-036 and UGA 02-038, that were received by University Archives during October and November of 2002. These records serve to help document the activities of Dr. Younts and the office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach during the years 1972 through 1999.

Many different types of materials are found within the collection including calendars, written correspondence, photographs, slides, VHS videotapes, and brochures and task force reports. For preservation purposes materials have been refoldered into archival quality folders with each folder labeled and placed within its box in the order indicated by this finding aid.

Accession UGA 02-036 is divided into six series:

Series 1, entitled "Correspondence" is made up of boxes 1 through 43 and divided into three subseries : "Younts Correspondence 1970s-Early 1990s", "Younts Correspondence Through December 1999", and "Younts/Service Units Correspondence". This collection of departmental paperwork, photographs, minutes, flyers, etc provides invaluable insight into the inner workings of the Public Service and Outreach division from 1972 through 1999.

Series 2, found in boxes 44-57, is labeled "New Faculty Tours" and divided into two subseries : "New Faculty Tours (Younts 1977-1999)" and "New Faculty Tours (Ike 1991-1995)". Series 2 has a wealth of paperwork, videocassettes, audiocassettes, slides, and photographs pertaining to the popular "New Faculty Tours" that Dr. Younts planned and led during the years 1977 through 1999.

Series 3, "W. K. Kellogg Foundation", located in boxes 58 through 69, is made up of three subseries: "Younts-Rural Revitalization Initative (1991)", "Younts/Kellogg 1983", and "Kellogg Final Reports". This series includes paperwork, photographs, and audiocassettes related to the Rural Revitalization Initiative and Kellogg Interdisciplinary Task Forces.

Series 4, "Vice President for Services" is another collection of material related to the units and services overseen by the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and is not divided into subseries. It serves to compliment and further illuminate the other series by providing additional information about the activities of the division.

Series 5 (boxes 105 through 106) and series 6 (boxes 107 through 108) are relatively small collections of material. Series five-"Reading Files"-covers the years 1994-1996 and (with the exception of one file) is arranged alphabetically by the name of the person or organization who originated the correspondence. The sixth series in accession UGA 02-036 is "Appointment Calendars 1970- 1999" and consists of Dr. Younts' appointment calendars for those years.

Accession UGA 02-038 consists of one series:

"Younts Media"-the only series found in UGA 02-038-consists of ten boxes of material ranging from paperwork regarding "Impact" magazine and the New Faculty Tours to a large number of slides, videocassettes, and audiocassettes about various topics.

The original order of the materials within each series was retained, as possible, thus preserving the provenance of the "S. Eugene Younts Papers".

Contents Inventory

UGA 02-036 (Boxes 1-108)

Series One-Correspondence (Boxes 1-43)

Series Two-New Faculty Tours (Boxes 44-57)

Series Three-W. K. Kellogg Foundation (Boxes 58-69)

Series Four-Vice President for Services (Boxes 70-104)

Series Five-Reading Files (Boxes 105-106)

Series Six-Appointment Calendars (Boxes 107-108)

UGA 02-038 (Boxes 1-10)

Series One-Younts Media (Boxes 1-10)