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Durham; Odus Mull and Mrs. Rush Stroup, Shelby; Dr. W. Boyd
Owen, Waynesville; Tom P. Pruitt, Hickory; Robert L. Pugh, New
Bern; and Walter M. Williams, Swepsonville.
That decision was the high-water mark of the trustee's consideration
of Dr. Tribble's presidency. There were other moves to oust him, both
within the Baptist State Convention, with which his principal troubles
lay ahead, and among prominent alumni, some of whom were active
in the earlier agitation against Tribble and who never made peace with
him. In November 1957 a group associated with the Alumni Council
mailed out fifteen thousand copies of a thirty-eight page report
questioning Tribble's fitness for office.
It said that the college "should not be continued under the ad-
ministration of a man whose actions prove him to be dictatorial,
intolerant of opinion other than his own, a constant manipulator of
trustees, faculty, and other groups so that power may be gathered into
his own hands, who lacks understanding of Wake Forest people and
Wake Forest traditions, who does not understand academic principles
and problems, and who possesses other defects, disqualifying him
from his present high position."
Alumni identified with that action included Drs. Walton, Kitchin,
and Hubert M. Poteat, Jr., Robert C. Josey, and Drs. Clarence Corbett
and Randolph Doffermyre of Dunn. As an example of manipulation
they said that in the faculty poll of March 1956, unsigned returns first
showed that 44.5 percent of the faculty lacked confidence in the
president; they said that Tribble then ordered a signed re-ballot,
resulting in the more favorable showing.
About this new drive to oust him, Tribble said two things were
involved: there were still some who opposed the moving of the
college to Winston-Salem―by then an accomplished fact―and there
was a desire on the part of a few to gain control of the college. He did
not seem perturbed over the new outbreak, and in truth, alumni and
friends of the college generally were growing weary of the continued
agitation of an issue which to most minds had been settled.
In a letter to Reidsville's Richard Paschal, another son of Wake
Forest's historian, Irving Carlyle wrote sadly (on November 22, 1957)
that all of the public bitterness "has done, and will continue to do,
more damage to the good name of the college than a dozen Tribbles
could do." He said that as one who had sat through all of
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