Central Washington University Office of the President, Inauguration Records for Ivory V. Nelson, 1992

Overview of the Collection

Central Washington University. Office of the President
Central Washington University Office of the President, Inauguration Records for Ivory V. Nelson
1992 (inclusive)
0.5 cubic feet
Collection Number
The inauguration records consist of meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence and memos generated by the 1992 Inauguration Committee to celebrate the appointment of Ivory V. Nelson as President of Central Washington University.
Central Washington University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Central Washington University
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Telephone: 509-963-1023
Fax: 509-963-3684
Access Restrictions

Open to the public for educational research


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ivory Vance Nelson was born in Curtiss, Louisiana, on June 11, 1934. He attended public primary and secondary schools in Mississippi and Louisiana. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Shreveport, LA, in 1951 at the age of sixteen. A year after graduating high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving as a crypto-annalist. In 1955, he entered Grambling State University and four years later graduated with a bachelor's degree in secondary education with a focus in chemistry. He attended the University of Kansas in the fall of 1959, where he received his doctorate in analytical chemistry in 1963. Later that same year, he was hired by Southern University as an Associate Professor of Chemistry, and in 1966 became the college's Head of the Division of Sciences. In 1968, Dr. Nelson became Assistant Academic Dean at Prairie View A&M University. Four years later he was promoted to Vice President of Research and served as Acting President of the school from 1982 to 1983. He was appointed Executive Assistant to the Texas A&M University System in fall of 1983, and in 1986 became Chancellor of the Alamo Community College District in San Antonio. Dr. Nelson was selected as President of Central Washington University in early 1992. In the fall of 1998, the faculty senators at Central Washington University voted to sponsor a no confidence vote. President Nelson lost the vote by a margin of 63%. Dr. Nelson announced his retirement in February of 1999. On August 15, 1999, he was appointed president of Lincoln University.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Included with the records in this collection are photographs, newspaper clippings, press releases, expense receipts, letters of congratulations and publicity material regarding the appointment of Ivory V. Nelson as president of Central Washington University.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

Central Washington University began as the Washington State Normal School in 1891. In 1937, the school was rechristened the Central Washington College of Education. In 1961, the school became Central Washington State College and, finally, in 1977, Central Washington University.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number]. RG014-05-47, Central Washington University Office of the President, Inauguration Records for Ivory V. Nelson. Archives and Special Collections, Brooks Library, Central Washington University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged by subject title

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Central Washington University--History
  • Nelson, Ivory Vance, 1934-

Geographical Names

  • Ellensburg (Wash.)


  • College administrators

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Central Washington University. Office of the President (creator)