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The new development chief was said to have the "self-assurance of a
shrewd thinker, a personality which makes him a stranger to no one,
a convincing and persuasive manner."
The only structure underway on the campus at that time was the
new chapel, for which building materials had become almost un-
available. At a meeting of the Baptist State Convention in Winston-
Salem in the fall of 1943, Claude Gaddy, a trustee who had been
associated with the chapel project, said that $125,000 had been paid
in donations toward its erection, that $75,000 had been borrowed to
put a roof over the foundation, and that $50,000 would be needed to
complete it.
Jackson arrived on the Wake Forest campus in July 1943 and was
able to report a year later that $251,000 had been raised toward the
cost of the new buildings. Letters had been written to five thousand
prospective donors, and a series of appeals would be made through
advertisements in the Biblical Recorder. The editor of that publica-
tion, L. L. Carpenter, put his weight behind the drive in a message
addressed to his Baptist constituency. He said that "a careful check-
ing of the records reveals that of all the money ever given to Wake
Forest College for equipment and endowment, more than 80 percent
of it came from people of other denominations or from people who
live out of the state. Brethren, of this we should be ashamed, and we
should rise up to do better."
Attention to the Wake Forest expansion effort apparently inspired
a number of Baptists in the state to ponder whether the convention
was wise in supporting a school for women, Meredith College in
Raleigh, and a coeducational institution at Wake Forest not many
miles away. In early October a merger of the two schools on the
grounds of Wake Forest and the sale of the Meredith plant was
proposed by seven sponsors of a plan which, they said, would be
presented to the convention in November. All were prominent in
state Baptist affairs: Henry B. Anderson, Durham; H. S. Stokes,
Winston-Salem; C. C. Wall, Lexington; Zeno Wall, Shelby; Van A.
Covington, Gastonia; D. O. Stowe, Belmont; and R. S. Dickson,
In the name of the Consolidation Program Committee, Dickson
followed up the original proposal with a broadside disclosing that in
the twenty-six years from June 1918 to June 1944 the convention
paid out $3,884,307 to the colleges affiliated with it. Of that sum,
Meredith received $2,113,160 and Wake Forest, $770,445. On a
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