XII
Things Academic
The period examined in this volume of the history of Wake Forest,
from 1943 to the end of the Tribble administration in 1967, will
undoubtedly be remembered longest for the highly dramatic things
that transpired then-World War II, the Reynolds Foundation offer, its
acceptance by the Baptist State Convention, the fundraising required
for the construction of a modern campus, groundbreaking by the
President of the United States, the physical move itself, and the
subsequent embroilment of the college with the convention over
issues as inconsequential as dancing and as fundamental as control of
the institution through selection of trustees. These were sensational
things, and they made headlines in every newspaper in the state and
many beyond its borders. They were tangible and lent themselves to
spectacle, or to rejoicing, or to argument.
But within the college itself was occurring a development which
could not be gauged in bricks and mortar, spades of earth, dollar
totals, or head counts, yet which would ultimately mean as much to
the future strength and reputation of the college as anything else that
had ever occurred. Slowly, and then at an accelerating pace, the
college began to move away from the small town faculty with its
nucleus of intellectual giants to a broader, stronger, better-trained,
more demanding corps of teachers who, with a greatly enriched
variety of specialties, would place Wake Forest in the forefront of
educational institutions―not only in the state, not just in the South,
but in the entire country.
It is the faculty and the teachings of that faculty, working with
bright young minds, given the proper equipment and an atmos-
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