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entrust the administration of the College to another. All knew that this
meant the end of Dr. Taylor's work as president. Some who were
present at that Commencement were much impressed with the sadness
and sorrow of the occasion as they reflected that the time had cone for
the great president to give up his work. At the May meeting he had
been asked to become agent of the College, while the administrative
duties were assigned to Dr. Charles E. Brewer who was appointed
chairman of the faculty. It was at a called meeting on June 22 that Dr.
Taylor's resignation was formally accepted. Though at first he
indicated his willingness to accept the agency, he later asked to be
relieved of it, and from that time until his death,
he remained at the College in charge of the School of Moral
Philosophy at a salary of $1,500 a year.
At this meeting the Board appointed a committee consisting of Dr.
R. T. Vann, Hon. J. C. Scarborough, and Dr. J. W. Lynch to prepare a
note expressive of their appreciation of the retiring president, which
they made and published in the Biblical Recorder of September 27,
1905. The more significant part is as follows:
The new president found the College (in 1884) financially safe and fairly
prosperous. But he was not content. Great visions urged him onward; so that
movements were begun for enlarging the student body and general equipment,
improving the buildings, erecting new ones, and increasing the invested fund. These
efforts were so wisely directed and so well sustained that each passing year
witnessed the vigorous and healthy growth in all directions.
Dr. Taylor's administration marked a distinct epoch in the life of the College, and
of Southern education as well. For it advanced Wake Forest to the forefront so
rapidly and so gloriously that the schools of all denominations and of none, in this
and other States, felt the quickening impulse, and the whole South thrilled with a
new intellectual life.
For nearly a quarter of a century this man's life has been the central force at the
College. His spirit has pervaded its every department Teachers and students alike
have felt his inspiring and uplifting presence. He has treasured the spirit and
traditions of the past, and yet has kept the school's policy skillfully adjusted to all
legitimate demands of the present. He has created the schools of Law and