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1952 of the old policy of allowing only one full professor in each
department allowed qualified teachers to reach the top figure that
otherwise would have been denied. After doing away with that rule,
the trustees approved a range of remuneration as follows: professor,
from $5,700 to $6,000; associate professor, from $5,100 to $5,400;
assistant professor, from $4,500 to $5,000; and instructors, not to
exceed $4,300.
In 1956 the Ford Foundation gave Wake Forest a $515,000 grant to
begin a salary endowment for the faculty, and that allowed the
administration to continue to improve wages. Wake Forest and the
other Baptist colleges in the state still were running behind the pub-
licly supported institutions, however. A study by the Council on
Christian Higher Education of the Baptist State Convention showed
that across-the-board salaries at the denomination's schools were 30
percent below those at the state institutions, where professors were
not required to teach in summer school.
In October 1958 the trustees moved to match state practice, at least
on the length of the teaching year. Beginning with the summer session
of 1960, Wake Forest faculty members would no longer be required
to teach in summer school, and their salary for the nine school months
would be spread over twelve. Additional payment would be made if a
professor chose to teach during the summer months, and many did.
Even so, Wake Forest salaries continued to be well below the
national average. The American Association of University Professors,
which ranked colleges on a scale of A to G, cited Wake Forest as a D
school with an average salary of $7,842 for the year 1963-64. Fringe
benefits brought the Wake Forest total to $8,726, as compared with an
average of $12,759 at Duke University and $10,303 at Davidson
College. At the time Dr. Tribble told the faculty he hoped that through
increased endowment, more convention support, and greater annual
giving, the college could achieve a B rating on the AAUP scale. By
the end of Tribble's presidency the salary scale had grown to $16,200
for professors, $12,000 for associate professors, and $11,000 for
assistant professors.
Over the years the college had made considerable advances in
providing fringe benefits. Prior to World War II retirement allow-
ances had been negotiated on an individual basis and by sufferance of
the Board of Trustees. Studies of alternatives began in September
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