Dearborn News

    Out of the past: 60 years of UM-Dearborn

    In 1979, Herschel L. Wallace announced his retirement.

    He was one of the first administrators hired at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, even before the campus welcomed 36 students when it opened in 1959.

    “We enrolled the first students without knowing if there would be enough dollars to open the campus,” Wallace said in a Nov. 12, 1979 Reporter article.

    His proudest moment during his 20 years on campus? Ever the process-driven guy, Wallace replied it was the early adaptation of machine-processed student transcripts.

    “We were one of the first universities in the state to move away from the old cut, patch and paste method.”


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