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James H. Allen

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Biographical/Historical note:

Rev. James “Jim” Allen was born on April 27, 1931 in Greenville, South Carolina. He earned a BA from Furman University in 1953 and a BD from Union Theological Seminary in 1956. From 1956 to 1958, he served as assistant minister at Lafayette Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1958 he became minister at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro, Virginia.

Allen was named campus minister at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1967. He served is that capacity until May 1, 1971, when he was made dean of students at the university. Two years later, on July 1, 1973, he was named vice chancellor of student affairs at the university. During his tenure in this position, he created the Career Services Center, reorganized Housing and Residence Life into a unified program, established the Disabled Student Services Office, and created a full-time office to address the needs of minority students. Allen retired in 1996 after twenty-eight years of employment at UNCG. That year the James H. Allen Endowment Fund was established in his honor.

Allen was married to Mary Elizabeth Eichelberger, and they had five children.

Items created by this individual or group:
Item thumbnail image Notes on Neo-Black Society membership
Date: June1973
By: James H. Allen
From: Neo-Black Society Records
These notes drafted by UNCG Dean of Students, James H. Allen, reflect a phone conversation her had with a student (presumably white) who had recently joined the Neo-Black Society and had a positive ex...
Item thumbnail image Letter from UNCG Dean of Students regarding the Neo-Black Society classification
Date: October 15, 1973
By: James H. Allen
From: Neo-Black Society Records
This letter from UNCG Dean of Students James Allen to Richard Robinson Jr., assistant to the President of the UNC system, outlines all the actions taken in the prior month regarding the reclassificati...
Item thumbnail image Letter from James Allen to Michael Curtis regarding proposed changes to the Neo-Black Society constitution
Date: June 6, 1973
By: James H. Allen
From: Chancellor James Sharbrough Ferguson Records
This June 6, 1973, three-page letter from University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Dean of Students James H. Allen to attorney Michael K. Curtis documents Allen's discussion with Leon Chestnu...
Item thumbnail image Letter from James Allen to Michael Curtis regarding the status of the UNCG Neo-Black Society
Date: September 25, 1973
By: James H. Allen
From: Chancellor James Sharbrough Ferguson Records
This September 25, 1973, letter from University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Dean of Students James H. Allen to attorney Michael K. Curtis, states that the revised Neo-Black Society constitu...
Item thumbnail image Letter from Dean James Allen to Michael Curtis regarding Student Government Association approval of the Neo-Black Society constitution
Date: October 12, 1973
By: James H. Allen
From: Chancellor James Sharbrough Ferguson Records
This October 12, 1973, letter from University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Dean of Students James H. Allen to attorney Michael K. Curtis, reports that the Government Association (SGA) had ap...
Item thumbnail image Letter from Dean James Allen to Richard Robinson concerning the current status of the UNCG Neo-Black Society controversy
Date: October 15, 1973
By: James H. Allen
From: Chancellor James Sharbrough Ferguson Records
This October 15, 1973, three-page letter from University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) Dean of Students James H. Allen to Richard H. Robinson, Jr., Assistant to the President of the Universit...