Furman University Oral Histories

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Audio interview with Marguerite Hays, longtime Furman University administrator. Mrs. Hays began working at Furman as Publications Editor, she later became Director of University Relations, and editor of the Furman Magazine. She begins the interview by sharing a story about Furman's honorary degree presentation to Vice President George Bush in 1983. Mrs. Hays talks about working with Peggy Park. In the interview she also mentions Marguerite Chiles, Ernie Harrill, and President Gordon Blackwell. She speaks about the Furman Magazine and the coverage of the split between Furman and the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Mrs. Hays describes her job as Director of Public Relations and briefly mentions the dedication of Timmons Arena. She concludes the interview talking about the direction of the university as she sees it, life as a Furman retiree, taking classes in the FULIR program, and the impact of Furman on her life.

Scholarship Type

Faculty Scholarship

Publication Date


City and State

Greenville (S.C.)


Furman University; History; Oral histories; College administrators




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Marguerite Hays Oral History

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