Guide to the Office of the Chancellor. Francis T. Borkowski Records, 1976-2005

Summary Information

Title: Office of the Chancellor. Francis T. Borkowski Records, 1976-2005
Collection: UA.5007
Extent: 38.5 linear feet (67 boxes of records and memorabilia, 2 audiocassette sound recordings, 1 VHS tape, 1 scrapbook)
Abstract:

Francis T. Borkowski served as Appalachian State University's fifth chancellor from 1993 until 2003. The records reflect the academic and administrative operations within the university, interactions with higher education organizations in North Carolina and the South, athletic programs, cultural outreach efforts, student life, relations with Boone, N.C. and other communities in western North Carolina, alumni relations and fundraising for the university.

Creator: Borkowski, Francis T.,

Biographical/Historical Note

Francis T. Borkowski, a musician, a conductor, and an educator, was elected as Appalachian State University's fifth Chancellor in 1993. He served as Chancellor for ten years until his decision to step down from the position in June 2003.

Receiving his Ph.D. in Music from West Virginia University in 1967, Borkowski taught at Ohio University, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne and at University of South Carolina. He has performed as soloist, conductor or in ensembles in over 600 music performances. Between 1969 and 1993, he worked in administrative positions, being assistant director fo the School of Music at Ohio and the Associate Dean of Faculties. At Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, he was first Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Faculties. At University of South Carolina, he was Executive Vice-President and Provost of nine campuses. He served as President of the University of South Florida which included five campuses before coming to Appalachian State University to become the Chancellor in 1993.

As Chancellor, he supported diversity and increasing minorities and women in higher education, international academic activities, fine and performing arts, and external fundraising efforts. Under his leadership, he expanded the University's outreach to the region through the Appalachian Learning Alliance, th Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and An Appalachian Summer Festival. He expanded partnerships with international universities and supported internationalizing the curriculum. Improvements to the campus under his tenure included the Holmes Convocation Center, a new science building, renovations to the student union building, and planning for the new library.

Scope and Contents

Chancellor Francis Borkowski Papers include official records from his tenure as Chancellor at Appalachian State University from 1993 through 2003. The records reflect the academic and administrative operations within the university, interactions with higher education organizations and associations in North Carolina and the South, athletic programs, faculty and staff activities, alumni relations, cultural events, student life, relations with Boone, N.C. and other communities in western North Carolina, and fundraising for the university.

The records also contain information on the purchase of Howard's Knob, the construction of the Holmes Convocation Center, the Turchin Art Center, Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons, and the Appalchian Consortium. The inauguration of Chancellor Borkowski is documented by video recording of his installation, manuscripts of his speeches at the inauguration and to the faculty, and memorabilia from associated events. The records contain correspondence, meeting minutes, planning documents, reports, budgets, and sound and video recordings.

Arrangement

This collection has not yet been fully processed.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. Individual accessions may have access restrictions due to the presence of confidential information. Restrictions are noted in the Accessions List, where applicable.

Acquisitions Information

These records were transferred to the University Archives in multiple accessions.

Processing Information

This record group has been minimally arranged and described in summary but has not yet been merged into a single collection. The record group currently consists of numerous individual accessions listed below.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UA.5007: Office of the Chancellor. Francis T. Borkowski Records, University Archives, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., USA.