238 History of Wake Forest College
State should be as close as possible; and WHEREAS, the custodians of the College
feeling this were wont for many years to ask this body to recommend suitable
persons from whom to fill vacancies in the Board of Trustees; and WHEREAS, we
believe this would be a safe and wholesome precedent; therefore,
Resolved, That a committee be appointed to recommend seven brethren from
whom to fill vacancies in the Board of Trustees.
In accord with this resolution the Board of Trustees of the College
at its next annual meeting in June, 1885, elected from those
recommended H. A. Brown and J. B. Brewer as trustees, but
thereafter for many years the Convention made no further
recommendations and the Board elected men to fill vacancies, as
before, of its own initiative.
It was in 1912 that the matter was again brought to the attention of
the Baptists of the State by Rev. W. C. Barrett, at that time pastor of
the Baptist Church at Gastonia. First, in the Biblical Recorder of
October 16, 1912, in an article under the heading, "Trustees Should be
Elected by the Convention," he maintained that since Wake Forest
College, Meredith College, and the Orphanage legally belonged to
their boards of trustees, the Baptists of the State would be powerless
to prevent the trustees from adopting policies that would in effect
make them no longer Baptist institutions and they might even take
them out of Baptist control altogether; and that change should be
made so that the Convention should elect the trustees of these
institutions after getting the necessary revision of the charters by the
State Legislature. Another change suggested by Barrett was that the
trustees should be elected for a limited term of six years, one-third of
each board finishing the term of office every two years and the
vacancies supplied by the election of members in their places. All
trustees should be members of Baptist churches of the North Carolina
Baptist State Convention. In other articles in the same paper,
November 13 and 20, Barrett further explained his plan and answered
criticisms and objections. His arguments gained much acceptance
because it was at this time trustees of Vanderbilt University adopted
policies not ap-
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