Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

July 2000

Creation Date


Publisher Information

University of South Florida Tampa Library


Board of County Commissioners, Castor, Betty, Education, Politics and government, Teachers, Uganda


This is an oral history interview with Betty Castor, former president of the University of South Florida. In this interview, Castor briefly describes her childhood and education, then discusses her time as a teacher in Uganda. After returning to the United States, she came to Miami and taught in a recently integrated school there for several years. She and her former husband then moved to Tampa, where she became the first woman to serve on the Hillsborough County Commission. The interview ends with a discussion of Hillsborough County's growth and political situation in the 1970s. Castor's later positions as state senator, Florida Commissioner of Education, and USF President are briefly mentioned, but not covered in detail in this interview.

Physical Information

1 sound file (129 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (24 p.)