Carlyle and the Endowment Campaign of 1907 61
not see the necessity of increasing the endowment fund, and a cam-
paign of education will be necessary to make them see it. This will
take time, but we must not expect that a great undertaking of this kind
can be accomplished in a day." They further suggested that the
college professors visit the associations and enlist pastors, and that the
president head the movement.1 The Board took no further action than
to authorize the Executive Committee to put an agent in the field on
the approval of the President.
On the following June 25, however, President Poteat was able to
report that the General Education Board had agreed to contribute one-
fourth of the $150,000, $37,500, on condition that the College raise
from other sources in cash and legally good pledges the remaining
three-fourths, $112,500, before December 31, 1907, and all to be paid
before December 31, 1910. This proposition was accepted at a called
meeting of the Board on July 30, 1906, and the matter of selecting an
agent referred to the Executive Committee, which committee meeting
on September 8 unanimously elected Professor John B. Carlyle for the
At the meeting of Board in Greensboro in December, 1906, Pro-
fessor Carlyle had not yet accepted the appointment. The Board by
this time, however, having become convinced that he was im-
peratively needed for the purpose was urgent and finally secured his
agreement to undertake the
The Trustees were wise in their choice. Carlyle had superior
qualifications for the work he was asked to undertake. Because of his
desire to serve the College, as he himself said, he had sought to widen
his acquaintance with people in all parts of the State. His interests
were extensive―he was a Baptist, a Mason, a
1 Here is the way a pillar of the church argued the matter with one of the
professors visiting an association: "I do not see why I who make fifty cents a day
should be asked to contribute to increase the salary of a college professor who
makes five dollars a day." No "preparation" ever got a cent from him.
2 The resolution of the Board reads: "Recognizing the valuable services of Prof. J.
B. Carlyle at Wake Forest College, not only as an able and zealous professor, but as
an indomitable collector of funds for the College, we therefore earnestly request
him to take up the work of raising the proposed additional endowment for the
College, and that he give his full time to this work; and that the faculty is hereby
authorized to supply his place in his college work until he completes this work."
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