give thanks. It was soon learned that the celebration was premature,
and the official announcement of V-E Day did not come until the
next day. Even then the students were restrained in marking the
event, because no one felt that the war was actually over.
Several weeks later, at graduation exercises, Dr. Ralph Herring,
pastor of the First Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, preached the
baccalaureate sermon, and Rev. Sankey L. Blanton, pastor of Wil-
mington's First Baptist Church, delivered the commencement ad-
Long before the end of the war was in sight Dr. Kitchin and the
Board of Trustees realized that the conflict would not go on forever
and that the college should begin planning for the expanded en-
rollment that would surely come when hostilities had ceased. So in
May 1943, in order to accommodate a student body of two thousand,
the trustees approved a $2-million building campaign that would
provide for the construction of eleven new facilities. An additional
five million was to be sought as endowment.
The new buildings were to include three men's dormitory units,
three women's dormitory units with an administration building for
women as part of that complex, a new library, a spacious infirmary,
a student center, and efficiency apartments for married students. A
campus dining hall would have been provided for the first time in
the modern history of the college.
In R. P. Holding, who was named general chairman of the build-
ing program, the trustees got a respected businessman who had
almost grown up on the campus. He was the son of T. E. Holding, a
Wake Forest banker and one of six brothers to graduate from the
college. His grandfather was William Royall, who joined the faculty
in 1859 becoming the first full-time English professor, and his uncle
was Dr. William Bailey Royall, who taught Greek for sixty-three
To direct the campaign, the trustees brought in C. J. Jackson, a
graduate in the Class of 1909. Early in his career he had done
YMCA work in Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida, and in 1935 he
had become a professional college fund-raiser. He had led a suc-
cessful $2-million campaign for a research library at Vanderbilt
University and had presided over an equally large enterprise at
Carson-Newman College.
Of Jackson a friend said, "He's got an awfully big job, but if seven
million can be found in North Carolina, Jackson can find it."
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