Love, Greensboro; Lex Marsh and Dwight Phillips, Charlotte; Dr. 0.
C. Carmichael, Asheville; and Gerald W. Johnson, Baltimore,
To the Law School visitors were named Leon L. Rice, Jr., Winston-
Salem, chairman; James F. Hoge, New York, vice chairman; and
Marion J. Davis, Winston-Salem, secretary. Also named were Archie
K. Davis, Henry Ramm, and John C. Whitaker, Winston-Salem;
Horace R. Kornegay, L. Richardson Preyer, and Judge Edwin M.
Stanley, all of Greensboro; Guy T. Carswell, Charlotte; A. Yates
Dowell, Washington, D.C., and Shearon Harris, Raleigh.
In the years after the 1964 convention there was talk from time to
time about a new relationship between Wake Forest and the state
Baptist organization, either through a revival of a plan for broader
representation on the Board of Trustees or for complete separation of
the college from the parent body. Much of it was desultory and stirred
little notice. For example, in 1965 Lexington attorney Beamer Barnes,
who was a member of the General Board of the convention, said the
moment had come to sever the relationship because "as time goes on,
the convention is going to be a millstone around [Wake Forest's]
neck." A related view was expressed by Rev. Ferguson, who said at
about the same time that he expected a separation to take place within
ten years.
Dr. Tribble never supported either idea, but at a supper meeting of
Wake Forest alumni attending the 1966 convention, he said that the
state's Baptists needed "to learn the lesson of delegation of authority
and the autonomy of institutions of higher education." Wake Forest,
he said, did not "want separation, but we do want liberalization to the
extent that the college and the convention can both do better jobs."
At that same meeting Dr. William C. Archie, the former dean who
had returned to Winston-Salem as executive secretary of the Mary
Reynolds Babcock Foundation, paid tribute to the president. "The
time will come," he said, "when all of us will realize that President
Tribble's stubborn refusal to surrender the college to any particular
group has saved it and brought it to this hour."
Early in 1967 the Board of Trustees moved to resurrect the trustee
proposal, even going to the extent of suggesting a special meeting of
the convention for the purpose of considering changes in trustee
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