Bachelor of Arts in Education, University Kentucky, 1943. Master of Arts in History, University Kentucky, 1947. Doctor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University, 1959.
Instructor history, U. Miami, Florida, 1951; teacher, Broward County Public School System, U. Miami evening division, 1951-1953; principal, Trigg County (Kentucky) High School, 1953-1958; professor of history, Western Kentucky U., Bowling Green, 1958-1986, retired; dean Graduate College, Western Kentucky U., Bowling Green, 1964-1971; vice president for administrative affairs, Western Kentucky U., Bowling Green, 1970-1979; interim president, Western Kentucky U., Bowling Green, 1979; vice president for student affairs, Western Kentucky U., Bowling Green, 1981-1986; part-time professor, Western Kentucky U., Bowling Green, since 1986.
Member General Board Discipleship, United Methodist Church. Member Louisville Board Discipleship. Lay speaker Louisville Conference Methodist Church.
Board directors Higher Education Foundation, Methodist Church, Jesse Stuart Foundation Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946. Member National Education Association, Kentucky Education Association, Southern History Association, Kentucky History Society, Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce (board directors), Civitan Club (president Cadiz 1956), Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Eta Sigma, Kappa Delta Pi.
Married Betty Jo Redick, June 8, 1947. Children— John Dean, James Ernest.