featured Throwback Thursday Sep 24, 2020 Sep 24, 2020 0 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save Dr. Claude Sowle (pictured) was the Ohio University President from 1969-1974. It was a tumultuous time to be a university president. Student coalitions and other groups across the country sought big changes in the way things were run. Dr. Sowle had a good reputation as the Dean at the University of Cincinnati, College of Law when he was hired at Ohio University. The Faculty Senate and the Board of Directors liked his work. He was here during the 1970 student riots when he closed the school. Under his leadership, an office of equal opportunities was created and he established public forums for all to speak. In 1974, there more riots. A student coalition made 51 demands and presented them to Sowle. The demands were deemed to be unworkable and unreasonable by the Faculty Senate and others. At one point during this unrest, a plot was discovered to kidnap a member of the Sowle family. Because of these pressures, Dr. Sowle turned in his resignation. There were pleas by the Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate for him to reconsider. There was even a rally in support of Sowle by fraternity and sorority members. He resigned at the end of May 1974. Dr. Sowle went on to a professorship of law at Ohio State University. Later, he became dean of the school of law at the University of Miami. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Watch this discussion Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Cancel Start watching Stop watching (0) comments Welcome to the discussion. Log In Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Trending Now COVID-19 positive OU students found partying in isolation hall Fatal two-vehicle crash on Route 50 Nelsonville needs its own jail Trick-or-treat gets green-light Athens residents call for police contract to not be renewed Latest e-Edition The Athens Messenger To view our latest e-Edition click the image on the left.