Dr. LivingstonAlexander, president of the Pitt-Bradford, knew there
was one thing we definitely wanted to accomplish as part of the university’s 50th
don’t have a comprehensive history of our institution, which has made major
advances since its humble beginnings and gone through numerous transformations,”
thought it especially important to capture the early story of Pitt-Bradford
while those who lived it were still available to historians. Dr. Sherrie Mershon, a seasoned writer and
independent scholar, was engaged to document and write the history of
Pitt-Bradford. Dr. Mershon had written
extensively on American educational history, urban economic development and
military personnel policy. She is co-author, with Dr. Steven Schlossman, of
“Foxholes and Color Lines: Desegregating the U.S. Armed Forces.” She has also collaborated
on a history of the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering.
fully-illustrated history of Pitt-Bradford will be completed next Spring and
will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
thought it important that we find someone who was not connected with the
university and could therefore present an objective perspective,” Alexander
said, adding that the book will examine the campus’s first 50 years from a
perspective that takes into account the Bradford campus and surrounding region
and the Pittsburgh campus and its various administrations.
Mershon tried to provide as much detail as possible about the social and
economic conditions that prompted a group of local civic and business leaders
to advocate fiercely for college in Bradford,” he said.
reviewed archives in Pittsburgh and interviewed important players in the first
50 years of the university, including Foundation President Tom Bromeley, former
Advisory Board Chairman William Higie, alumna and former faculty member Isabelle
Champlin, President Emeritus Dr. Richard E. McDowell, Dr. K. James Evans, vice
president and dean of student affairs and current president, Livingston
book will be available in spring, at which time a book launch and signing will