374 History of Wake Forest College
The exercises were largely attended and all went well according to
the program; the addresses were good, worthy of the occasion and of
those who made them; they were printed in a neat pamphlet of 73
pages, where any who desire may read them all, but our present
interest is in the inaugural address of President Gaines. It was in
polished style; its main thesis was that "If Wake Forest is to be a good
college, it must in the light of its present resources and opportunities
aspire to be a small, cultural, Christian college." He followed with an
elaboration of these three points: 1. Wake Forest must be a small
college; 2. It must be a cultural college; 3. It must be a Christian
college. The last two of these he developed with analytical
elaboration; it was the first of them, however, in which the friends of
the College were chiefly interested, and as it proved to be the
statement of a policy which he sought to carry through later, more
will be said about it below. At present we turn to the consideration of
other events of the new administration.
During the three years of the administration of President Gaines
there were few changes in the personnel of the faculty. In the year
1927-28 Assistant Professor F. W. Clonts and C. S. Black were absent
for further study at universities, but returned
Th.D., Chaplain of the College; Installation of the President, Reverend J. A.
Campbell, D.D., President of the Board of Trustees; Addresses of Greeting; On
Behalf of the Faculty, President Emeritus William Louis Poteat, M.A., LL.D.; on
Behalf of the Alumni of the College, Mr. Gilbert T. Stephenson, M.A., LL.B.; On
Behalf of Church. Colleges, President W. J. McGlothlin, Pd.D., D.D., LL.D., of
Furman University; On Behalf of the Institutions of Higher Learning in North
Carolina, President H. W. Chase, Ph.D., LL.D., of the University of North Carolina;
On Behalf of American Universities, Professor Albert Bushnell Hart, Ph.D., LL.D.,
Litt.D., of Harvard University; On Behalf of the State of North Carolina, Governor
Angus W. McLean, B.A., LL.D.; Presentation of Delegates; The Inaugural Address,
President Francis Pendleton Gaines, M.A., Ph.D.; the College Hymn, "Alma
Mater"; Benediction, Rev. Charles E. Maddry, D.D. 2:00 p.m. Luncheon at the
Hotel Sir Walter for Official Delegates, Trustees and Faculty: Toastmaster, Rev. B.
W. Spilman, D.D. Addresses: Dr. Hubert A. Royster, B.A., M.D.; President W. P.
Few, M.A., Ph.D., LL.D., of Duke University; Dean J. C. Metcalf, M.A., Litt.D.,
LL.D., of the University of Virginia; Mr. Robert H. McNeill, B.A., LL.B. 9:00 p.m.
Reception at College Gymnasium.