54 History of Wake Forest College
Director of Physical Culture in 1904, continued in that position until
1917 when he resigned and turned to the study of medicine. For
several years those who succeeded him were coaches of the various
athletic teams rather than directors proper. These were: E. T.
MacDonnell, Director and Coach, 1918-19; I. E. Carlyle, Director,
spring term, 1919. In September, 1919, Mr. Henry L. Langston was
chosen Director of Physical Education. He was a member of the
senior class and graduated the following June. He continued in the
position until June, 1923. In the last year he had been assisted by Phil
H. Utley who was appointed Director of Athletics in 1922, and
Director of Physical Education in 1923 when Henry Garrity became
Director of Athletics, to be succeeded by James Baldwin in 1926.
Until comparatively recent times, the business office in most small
colleges was a side line and placed in charge of the most likely
candidate among the professors. At Wake Forest from 1876 to 1907
the College was fortunate in having as bursar the professor of
mathematics―Luther Rice Mills. In business experience and in his
knowledge of accounting he was well ahead of his
Mr. E. B.
Earnshaw gives the following information:
In the fall of 1903, upon the recommendation of Dr. R. T. Vann,
Professor Mills employed E. B. Earnshaw, a student in college, as his
assistant in the business office. Mr. Earnshaw continued in this
capacity until January, 1907, when Professor
7 From sketch, "Luther Rice Mills," by G. W. Paschal, in "Mills Memorial"
number of Wake Forest Student, XL, 55, November, 1920: "From 1876 to 1907
Professor Mills was Bursar. Perhaps his work in this capacity was his most
important contribution to the College. He knew his sources of revenue and used his
influence to keep expenditures within income. He paid bills the day they were
received, and thereby gained financial credit for the College which it had not had
before, and also won the confidence of men able to give for equipment and
endowment. In this way he laid the foundation for the financial strength and
stability of the College, he kept well informed as to the value of stocks and
securities and the fluctuations of the stock market. Accordingly, while he was bursar
especially in the early days, he was the adviser of the Board of Trustees as to
investments as well as to other financial matters, and in all his judgment proved
remarkably sound."
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