Supporters want Arkansas St. president's home kept

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A retired Arkansas State University professor and others are trying to save a house that was once the home of the university's first president.

Victor Kays built the two-story, Tudor-style brick house in 1936, and kept it after he stepped down as president. His family's estate eventually sold the house to the university in 2004.

Now, the school plans to tear down the house and build four sorority houses there.

Scott Darwin lived next door to the house when he began teaching at the school in 1969. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (, Darwin thinks the home has historical significance.

Arkansas State University System President Charles Welch says administrators suggested the home could be moved if anyone wanted to buy it, but he says the school hasn't had any offers.

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