Dr. Julian Pleasants



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Date of Interview



law, Abe Fischler, Rosenthal Building, the Parker Building, Mailman Hollywood building, library, Arthur Goldberg, Alex Schure, Tinsley Ellis, LSAT, ABA, Helen Graham, NYIT, grants, lawyers, John Anderson, Ray Ferrero, Matt Terry, undergraduate, Oral School, Leo Goodwin,oceanography, Maurice Rosenblatt, SACS, financial aid, registration, recruitment, Mort Terry, Southeastern University, Health Sciences, North Miami, clusters, Dr. Feldman, academic vice president, Dolphins training facility, Bill Horvitz, professional schools, Health Profession Division, Panama, Donald Riggs, Joe Harbaugh, Pohlman, Mary McCahill, re-accreditation, Mickey Segal,

Interviewee(s) Bio

Ovid C. Lewis was born 1932 in Shelby, North Carolina. He was a lawyer, professor, and university administrator throughout his professional career before becoming President of Nova Southeastern University. He graduated with his A.B. in Chemistry from Duke University. He later earned an A.B, J.D., and LL.M from Rutgers University. Lewis completed his studies with a J.S.D. from Columbia Law School in 1970. Dr. Lewis published many articles over the years.

From 1965 until 1976, Dr. Lewis worked as a law professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In the two years following, he worked as a professor at Northern Kentucky University-Chase School of Law. In 1978, Dr. Lewis was appointed Professor and Dean for the Law Center at Nova University, four years after its initial founding in 1978. From 1984 until his appointment as Interim President in 1994, Dr. Lewis served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nova. He retired in 1998 when Ray Ferrero, Jr. was selected as the next University President.


This series of interviews was conducted by Dr. Julian Pleasants during the period of 2009-2012 for research in compiling the 50th Anniversary book, The Making of Nova Southeastern University: A Tradition of Innovation, 1964-2014. To read more about the completed book, click here.

Host Institution

Nova Southeastern University - NSU Archives

Archives Location

NSU Archives, Row B, 5, 6.

Format Type

Audio CD

Length of Audio/Video

Disc 1, Track 1: 39:10 minutes. Disc 1, Track 2: 39:24 minutes. Disc 2, Track 1: 40:04 minutes. Disc 2, Track 2: 27:26 minutes.

File Size

Disc 1, Track 1: 89.7 MB. Disc 1, Track 2: 90.2 MB. Disc 2, Track 1: 91.7 MB. Disc 2, Track 2: 62.8 MB.

Number of Copies

1st disc audio CD: 19. 2nd disc audio CD: 21. DVD copies: 10.

Date Digitized

May 2016


Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Leadership | Higher Education | Higher Education Administration | History | Public History


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Interview with President Ovid C. Lewis - President