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During the 1960s with the presidency of G. Homer Durham, Arizona State
University began its academic maturing with the establishment of several new
colleges, including the College of Fine Arts, the College of Law, the College
of Nursing, the School of Social Work, and the reorganization
of what became the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of
Engineering and Applied Sciences. Perhaps most importantly, the university
gained the authority to award the Doctor of Philosophy and other doctoral degrees.
Eleventh President G. Homer Durham 1960-1969
From right to left: G. Homer Durham, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, an
unidentified participant, Rev. Louis Eaton and Msgr. Robert Donahoe at Goodwin
Stadium, Arizona State University. Martin Luther King addressed an audience of
eight thousand people on the topic "Religious Witness for Human Dignity."
June 3, 1964
Monsignor Robert Donahoe Collection
President Durham came to the fledgling
university with its 10,000 students in 1960, and before the end of his tenure in 1969,
Durham developed it into a university with national status and 23,000 students.
President Durham also brought many cultural activities to Arizona State University,
including performances and exhibitions of music and the arts.