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15, 1963, and he managed the dual administrative role until February
1, 1968. In 1966 Esquire magazine listed Wilson as one of a handful
of "superprofs" in America and said that his classes in Romantic Poets
and Blake, Yeats, and Thomas, which he continued to teach, were
among the best courses being offered at the collegiate level in the
entire country. At the time, Dr. Wilson tended to dismiss the honor as
a playful one, but the editors of the magazine were completely
serious.2
In the interim there had been some changes in the Dean's Office. In
August 1959 Dr. Robert A. Dyer, an assistant professor of religion,
succeeded Dr. John W. Nowell as assistant dean. Nowell went back to
full-time teaching. Dyer was a 1935 graduate of Louisiana State
University. Afterward he attended the Southern Baptist Theological
Seminary, where he received a master's degree in 1939 and a
doctorate in 1946. In between those two awards, he went to Japan for
the Southern Baptist Foreign Missions Board, and he and his wife
were held in a Japanese internment camp from 1941 until the end of
the war in 1945. From 1946 to 1956 he taught at Gardner Webb
College and in 1957 joined the Wake Forest faculty, with additional
duties in the guidance office.
The dean's operation was completely reorganized in 1963, when Dr.
Thomas M. Elmore, an education specialist, was brought in as dean of
students and Mark Reece was named dean of men. Reece, Class of
1949, had originally joined the administration in 1956 as associate
director of alumni activities. In 1958 he was made director of student
affairs, working out of the Dean's Office on such nonacademic
concerns as the College Union, fraternity regulations, and chapel
attendance. In the reorganization, Wilson and Dyer were to handle
academic affairs and Elmore and Reece were to oversee other aspects
of student life.
The Dean's Office in those days had wide-ranging responsibilities.
Wilson not only taught one course each semester and presided over
faculty meetings but also was a member of nearly every faculty
committee, including those dealing with curriculum, scholarships,
academic planning, athletics, teacher education, and military training.
The dean interviewed every candidate for prospective teaching jobs
brought in by the various departments, made recommendations to the
president concerning appointments, faculty salaries, and
advancement, and handled all administrative responsibilities in
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