did not find Saginaw Valley College resting on the laurels of its
late 1973 tenth anniversary celebration. Contrary, huge changes
came to the school in January of 1974 when SVC's first president,
Dr. Samuel D. Marble resigned. Marble submitted his resignation
in a letter to Charles Curtiss, chairman of the Board, giving personal
reasons for his action.
said, "For some time now I have been considering opening a new chapter
in my life, and the conclusion of the activities marking the completion
of 10 years in the life of the college appear to offer an opportunity
to make such a decision."
thanked the Board for the opportunity he had at SVC and expressed
his appreciation to his friends on the Board of Fellows and his
staff. He singled out former Board Chairman William Groening for
ended a 16-year career in the area which included the development
of two colleges, Delta and SVC. Marble also served 12 years as president
of Wilmington College in Ohio.
at SVC's reins marked some stormy times, however. Some students
had been dissatisfied with the President and although there were
not any riots or revolts as seen on other campus' during the 1960s,
there were protests at the school. In 1971, Black students picketed
the school and between 40 and 50 staged a sit-in at the President's
office. During the 10th anniversary celebration program in 1973,
minority students again staged protests.
The Board accepted
the resignation and named Marble "President Emeritus."
The Valley Vanguard, January 18, 1974, staff writer
State of Michigan
Representative Jim Barcia may well have used his time as a student
Saginaw Valley College to prepare for his public and political career.
On January 9, 1974, the then Student Body President stood before
his fellow classmates and delivered the annual State of the College
Address. Barcia called on administrators of the college to work
with students to develop it saying, "Some administrative offices
should realize their job is to assist and not hinder his (the student's)
progress. Whenever possible administrative offices should tailor
their policies, procedures, and hours to the students' needs rather
than asking students to tailor their needs to administrative convenience."
to working on SVC related problems, Barcia involved the student
body to work for statewide legislative changes. A bill allowing
colleges to apply for liquor licenses and operate bars and one requiring
three voting students on governing boards at state colleges and
universities were cited as the priorities for the time.
The Valley Vanguard, January 25, 1974, staff writer
end of February, 1974 saw the appointment of the first Saginaw Valley
College football coach, Frank "Muddy" Waters. Waters was 49 years
old at the time of his appointment to SVC head football coach and
had come to the college from hillsdale College where he coached
for 21 years compiling a 138-46-5 win-lost-tied record. His salary
was $26,000 a year which made him the second highest paid coach
in the state next to the University of Michigan's coach Bo Schembechler.
looking for the right job for years," Waters said. "I'm intrigued
with the people at SVC. Everyone seems so gung-ho, dedicated to
developing a good athletic program as part of the overall academic
program. I agree wholeheartedly with their philosophy and enthusiasm,
and am delighted to get the job."
The Valley Vanguard, March 8, 1974, staff writer Leslie
1, 1974, Dr. Jack McBride Ryder began his
first day as the new president of Saginaw Valley College.