370 History of Wake Forest College
For ten years he was Professor of English in the Mississippi Agricultural and
Engineering College, and for the past four years has been Professor of English in
Furman University. During three summers he was Professor of English in the
University of Virginia and this summer he is to be Professor of American Literature
in Columbia University.
Dr. Gaines is a deacon in the First Baptist Church of Greenville, South Carolina,
and contributing editor of the Greenville Piedmont. He married Sadie D. Roberts of
Mississippi and has two sons.
Dr. Gaines is 35 years of age and has had 14 years of experience in teaching.
Dr. Gaines' acceptance of the place was in these words:
In accepting the position I wish to acknowledge the honor of being connected
with Wake Forest and the privilege of being identified with North Carolina.
The purpose with which I come to this task is primarily that of seeking to keep
the college true to its high standard of educational achievement and true to its
tradition of Christian emphasis. Conscious of the magnitude of the work and the
responsibility upon me, I earnestly invite the cooperation of alumni and friends as
well as of the faculty and students that all of us may guarantee Wake Forest's
contribution to the intellectual and spiritual life of the people.
Dr. Gaines was little known in North Carolina; he had never seen
the College and the members of the faculty had never seen him. The
latter, then, were glad to avail themselves of the opportunity of both
seeing and hearing him on the Sunday following his election, when by
arrangement he occupied the pulpit of the First Baptist Church of
Raleigh, and then they found in him much to admire, much to satisfy
them. He was of good appearance, with face gentle but strong; his
voice was pleasing, and his manner easy. As befitted the occasion he
did not preach a sermon, but gave a statement of his hopes and
purposes as he began the new work. He had a passion for both young
men and for Jesus Christ; at Wake Forest he would strive to bring the
two together. He was also cooperative; in the great work of education
he would work with the other educational institutions of the State,
even those under State control. In addition to these