Thursday, April 19, 2012

[408] WMOT-FM Remembers MTSU President Mel Scarlett (1920-2012)

FOR RELEASE: April 19, 2012
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Gina Logue, 615-898-5081

Served During Turbulent ’60s, ’70s, Supporter of Students, Emphasized Teaching

MURFREESBORO—WMOT-FM (89.5 and will air an encore presentation of Gina Logue’s Aug. 9, 2004, interview with the late president emeritus of Middle Tennessee State University, Dr. Mel Scarlett, on “MTSU on the Record” at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, and at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 29.

Scarlett, who served as MTSU president from 1968-1978, passed away on April 16, 2012, at the age of 91. The interview is about his 2004 book “The Great Rip-Off in American Education: Undergrads Underserved.”

In the book, Scarlett asserted that numerous institutions are sacrificing their paying students’ education on the altar of research and financial expediency, leading frustrated young adults to leave college unprepared and take their chances in the work force.

To listen to previous programs, go to and click on “more” under the “Audio Clips” category.

For more information about “MTSU on the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.

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