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Sealock, William E.


William E. Sealock was president of the Municipal University of Omaha from 1931 until 1935, when the university was foundering due to the Great Depression. He was the first president of the University of Omaha after the City of Omaha voted to take control of the university in 1930. He reorganized the university and required that new faculty have terminal academic degrees, which were not previously required at OU. He was a professed defender of academic freedom, but the chairman of the Board of Regents disagreed with the way power utilities were represented in his teachings. The Board of Regents declined to renew Sealock's contract in 1935. He committed suicide shortly thereafter.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Bond Issue Statements

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UNO-0210
Scope and Contents Bond issue statements preceding the 1930 election prepared for OU Regent Paul L. Martin and OU President W. E. Sealock at their request in 1935. Correspondence and related news clippings are also in the collection.

William E. Sealock Collection

 Collection — Box: All
Identifier: UNO-0092
Scope and Contents The William E. Sealock Collection comprises materials related to William Sealock's term as the first president of the Municipal University of Omaha, 1931-1935. The collection contains primarily news clippings, many of which relate to Sealock's conflict with the Board of Regents, which resulted in his dismissal and subsequent suicide. The collection also includes a small amount of correspondence and a 1941 research paper by Warren Whitted on the Sealock-Regents conflict titled, "Human...