Willingness to Change?

Higher Education Leadership During Times of Upheaval
Image from the cover of A White Liberal College President in the Jim Crow South: Guy Herbert Wells and the YWCA at Georgia State College for Women, 1934-1953. Image of three people, left to right, Polly Moss, Guy Herbert Wells and Eugene Talmadge.
Image from the cover of A White Liberal College President in the Jim Crow South: Guy Herbert Wells and the YWCA at Georgia State College for Women, 1934-1953. Image of three people, left to right, Polly Moss, Guy Herbert Wells and Eugene Talmadge.

In the book A White Liberal College President in the Jim Crow South: Guy Herbert Wells and the YWCA at Georgia State College for Women, 1934-1953, Georgia College Sociologist Sandra Godwin examines the conflicts that arise when a nascent Civil Rights Movement filters its way down to a small women’s college in the segregated south. Focusing on the middle ground college president Guy Herbert Wells occupied between integrationists in the Young Women’s Christian Association and the white power structure represented by former Governor Eugene Talmadge, Godwin shows the way leadership sets the table for or shuts out transformational change at critical junctures in our institutions’ histories. 

In this edition of Georgia College Connections, Sandra Godwin joins host Daniel McDonald to discuss her research on this pivotal chapter in Georgia College history.

A White Liberal College President in the Jim Crow South: Guy Herbert Wells and the YWCA at Georgia State College for Women, 1934-1953 is out now from Mercer University Press. 

Learn more at https://www.mupress.org/A-White-Liberal-College-President-in-the-Jim-Cro...