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J. T. Ford papers

Identifier: MS-0058

Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers of Dr. J. T. Ford, an administrator at West Georgia College from 1972 to 1977. The collection contains correspondence, letters, and various memorandum including committee agendas, meeting minutes, policies, athletic budgets, faculty organizational charts, proposals, student surveys, notes, research results, news releases and more. Interesting items to note are the issues concerning student retention and recruitment, recruitment policies for athletes, and details surrounding administrative reorganization.

The folder for Roger Kaiser contains memorandum from the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the South Atlantic Conference, a special report on West Georgia College intercollegiate athletics, and memos from Kaiser pertaining to athletic budget control. Other items include interoffice memorandum pertaining to athletics, budgets and funding, athletic scholarships and other operational topics. Additionally, correspondence is included concerning the conduct of coaches, athletes, and students at games


  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1972-1976
  • 1968-1976


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users; no restrictions

User Restrictions

As stipulated by U.S. copyright laws

Administrative History

James Thomas Ford was born in Kentucky, May 5, 1920, the son of James Gordon and Mary Hughes Ford. He was valedictorian of the graduating class of Boaz High School. Upon completion of a business course at Draughon Business College, he worked as a bookkeeper. While attending Paducah Junior College, he felt the call to the ministry and was ordained in 1941. After transferring to Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, he received a degree in June 1943. He married Mary Helen Crockett on June 20, 1943. They are parents to three sons.

He received the Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1946 from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and later earned the master's degree. He holds a master’s and doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Auburn University. Dr. Ford also holds a degree form Samford University.

From 1972 until 1977, Dr. Ford was Executive Assistant for Administration at West Georgia College. In addition to this primary role, Dr. Ford was also Acting Director of College Relations, which included public relations, publications and printing, and athletics from July 1974 until June 1975. Other roles include the administrative liaison with intercollegiate athletics and Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee on Retention and Recruitment for West Georgia College during 1972 and 1973. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Education and Acting Director of Continuing Education in 1976. Upon resigning his position in 1977, Dr. Ford became Dean and Vice President of Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Georgia and served from 1977 until 1981.

Dr. Ford has served as pastor of several churches throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Virginia and Georgia. He was active in denominational works throughout the South. He is an author having written for Broadman Comments, a series devoted to Bible study. Dr. Ford is the author of “The Truth About War,” written in 1970 published by Broadman Press.


0.42 Linear feet (1 box)




Papers of Dr. J. T. Ford, who was appointed as the Executive Assistant for Administration at West Georgia College on August 1, 1972. Much of his collection documents the various positions and roles held while at the college until his resignation in 1977. The collection contains correspondence, memorandum, agendas, and more.

Arrangement Note

Arranged alphabetically by file title.


Transferred to Special Collections from an unknown University of West Georgia source.

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Processed by Amber Seale, 2014

J. T. Ford papers MS-0058
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Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States