56 History of Wake Forest College
on Standard Reports for Institutions of Higher Education, the first two
members of which were appointed by Mr. Earnshaw.
As soon as Mr. Earnshaw became Bursar, he took a step in regard
to the payment of salaries that was heartily appreciated by the faculty.
Salaries had been paid on irregular dates and in irregular amounts. A
professor never knew in advance when or what amount he would be
paid. The Board of Trustees granted his request to secure temporary
credit when necessary to pay with absolute regularity. The only
failure in all these years was in the panic of 1914, when the December
checks were fourteen days late!
Under the present Bursar's administration, the College has always
lived within its income. The only debts made have been for capital
purposes and Mr. Earnshaw holds out the good hope that before
January 1, 1944, when he rounds his thirty-five years as Bursar, the
College will be absolutely free of debt.
Before 1912, the College had no dean. In May of that year
President Poteat made the following representation to the Trustees
Your attention is again called to the question of the appointment of a Dean of the
College. The office is comparatively new in the organization of American colleges
and universities, but is now recognized in practically all the larger institutions and to
it are assigned a definite set of functions in the work of the administration. The
Dean of the College would have, in consultation with the President when necessary,
immediate supervision of the conduct of the studies of the students, and give
assistance to them in the conduct of their numerous personal problems. The
opportunities for this important kind of service have multiplied rapidly with the
enlarging student body in recent years, and even on the supposition that one man
has time for this individual intercourse and the general administration, certain duties
of the President are incompatible with promptness of attention to the requirements
of individual students. You are asked to consider whether the appointment of such
an officer would not greatly enhance the efficiency of the College throughout, and