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steps Wake Forest was contemplating, he said, "I believe that there
are men beyond our borders whose integrity and commitment to the
welfare of our institutions is such that they, too, can be trusted to do
more than make generous contributions of money."
As formulated by Marney's alma mater and approved by the Wake
Forest Board of Trustees on April 26, 1963 (with four dissenters
among the twenty-six trustees voting), the proposition would have
given the Boards of Visitors of the college, along with the General
Alumni Association, the privilege of nominating sixteen of the thirty-
six trustees and the option of choosing non-Baptists and non-North
Carolinians. The remaining twenty North Carolina Baptists would be
nominated as before, through the Nominating Committee of the
convention (who traditionally accepted a list of nominees presented
by the trustees).
At the time the board acted, Tribble said that to become a first rank
university, the college needed $69 million including $15 million for
the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, $15 million to set up
scholarships and graduate fellowships, and $13 million to attract
superior professors. The remainder would go to construction and
On May ii the Biblical Recorder recommended that any vote on the
trustee proposal should be delayed for a year to allow ample time for
study and debate, but Dr. Tribble said Wake Forest "couldn't afford"
to wait. He saw the advantages of the change as threefold: the
enlistment of "some fine Christian people as trustees interested
enough in Wake Forest to help us develop it into a good university
and a good graduate school," an opportunity to create "one of the
outstanding Christian universities of the modern world within a close
relationship with a Baptist state convention; and the possibility of
securing "many millions of dollars for Wake Forest without becoming
a burden to our Cooperative Program."
In the summer of 1963 the plan was given wide exposure, and it
was debated in letters and articles appearing in the state Baptist
publications, in churches, Baptist associations, ministerial meetings,
and alumni gatherings. Dr. J. A. Easley was summoned out of
retirement to coordinate the flow of information to church groups. Dr.
Tribble wrote letters to every Baptist minister in the state, to
missionaries, and to members of the General Board of the convention.
Fifty different Baptist and alumni groups were contacted that
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