Administration of Thomas Henderson Pritchard 171
a fortnight's duration had not allowed him to prepare an elaborated
address his thought was logically and forcefully presented, and was
the first statement of views on education which he was to proclaim in
almost every county in North Carolina in the next three years. The
reader will find a full discussion of the address below. Brief responses
were made by President Battle and Governor Jarvis.15
In the afternoon the Heck-Williams Building, designated on this
occasion "Library Hall," was formally dedicated with an address by
Rev. A. C. Dixon, and a briefer one by Mr. Justice Merrimon. This
was followed by laying the corner stone of Wingate Memorial Hall
with the chief address by Dr. T. E. Skinner, and the benediction by
Rev. F. H. Ivey, then pastor of the Baptist Church at Goldsboro. In the
evening the beautiful and newly-furnished halls of the Literary
Societies were used for the first time for a reception. Closing its
editorial report the Biblical Recorder said: "The occasion was a grand
success, and opening with 105 students, the prospects were never so
bright for our college, nor were its friends ever so hopeful."
On assuming the presidency, Dr. Pritchard, in accord with a custom
all but universal in colleges of the day, became professor of Moral
Philosophy. During the first year there were no other changes in the
faculty except that C. W. Scarborough succeeded N. Y. Gulley as
tutor of Mathematics. But Pritchard had not forgotten improvements
in the college curriculum which he had
Biblical Recorder, September 10, 1879. In this account Governor Jarvis was
reported as saying, "that as soon as the four leading denominations of the State shall
demand through their pulpits that appropriations be made by the legislative power
of the State they will be made, for no party could resist the demand of such a
powerful agency for education." This came near getting him into trouble, for it was
construed to mean appropriations for denominational colleges and not for public
schools. T. D. Boone, Biblical Recorder, October 22, 1879, made correction, saying
that the Governor was speaking of general education and urging that the
denominations through their churches demand of the Legislature liberal
appropriations for it.
The committee on arrangements consisted of J. D. Hufham, F. M. Purefoy, J.
C. Scarborough, J. M. Heck, F. P. Hobgood, and C. T. Bailey.
Previous Page Next Page