384 History of Wake Forest College
years, and the policies of all former presidents. Their unbroken
purpose and policy was to make Wake Forest large enough to provide
for the Baptist young men of North Carolina, and not only for the
"upper third" of the graduates of the high
President Gaines, however, convinced of the correctness of his
views presented a formulated statement of them to the executive
committee of the Board at a meeting at Wake Forest, on May 13,
1929, which reads as follows:
That since by virtue of the limitation of funds this College cannot minister to a
great number of students; since by virtue of the great expansion of other educational
institutions in the state and the multiplying of junior colleges, the College is not
under the same obligation to provide for the largest possible number that bound the
College in years past; since the College wishes to provide for such students as it
accepts the best possible instruction; since to this end the College would test
beforehand the worthiness, in the terms of mental capacity and moral fitness, of
every prospective student; in view of these considerations, that the College adopt,
beginning with the session 1930-31, a definite policy of limitation and selection of
So persuasively did Dr. Gaines urge the plan that the committee
members present, G. T. Stephenson, J. A. Campbell, G. E. Lineberry,
D. G. Brummitt, and J. M. Broughton, adopted it unanimously.
The dean of the College, Dr. D. B. Bryan also, in his report for the
year rather cautiously but strongly endorsed the plan saying: "If the
College were to follow boldly the lead of the best colleges in the
country it would project a scheme of selection of students.... The
educational pendulum is now swinging from mere numbers in
enrollment to quality of product. Fortunately Wake Forest College
can, with a limited number of selected students compete successfully
with the best institutions of the country."
It is only fair to President Gaines to state that he had sought
10 President Gaines in his inaugural address quotes Dr. C. E. Taylor in such a
way as possibly to indicate that he was content that Wake Forest should be a small
college. For Dr. Taylor's real views the reader is referred to the account of his
administration in Volume II.
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