Mathew Betz joined ASU in 1961 as a member of the Civil Engineering Department but he spent much of his career in the Provost's Office. Matt was instrumental in the acquiring and early planning of ASU Polytechnic campus. The interview covers Betz's early life in Chicago area, college at Cal Tech and Northwestern majoring in the new field of Transportation Engineering. Early travels to Africa and the Sudan. Teaching career starts at ASU in 1961. Description of ASU Engineering in early days. Project work in Sudan. Assistant Dean in the Graduate College. Teaching/living in Kenya. Evaluating Graduate Programs. Working in Academic V.P.s office to evaluate (Regents directive) all programs. Computerizing the Registrar's Office. Developing the ADOT Transportation Research Center. Creating the Office of Strategic Planning. Vice President of Planning and Budgeting. Offers insight into the past and future of education in Arizona. He served many years on the ASU Retirees Board including President. He suggested and implemented the ASURA Video History Project.
1. Early Life through College Phd in Transportation Planning, with stories of extensive travel to Africa/Sudan.
2. Coming to ASU in 1961: minute 27:15. Beginnings of the undergraduate and graduate engineering programs.
Betz, Mathew. Interview. 12 Jan. 2007. ASURA Video History Project. © Arizona Board of Regents. https://repository.asu.edu/items/38864
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