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time only eighty-eight of a total of three hundred business schools in
the United States shared that distinction.
Dr. Tribble's implied promise that adequate facilities would be
provided for the business school in Winston-Salem never materialized
during his presidency. On the old campus space was provided in the
basement of the new chapel, inadequate at best. A business school
building carried in the plans for the new campus never got off the
drawing board, and after the move, makeshift quarters were provided
in partitioned sections of the ballroom and kitchen area on the third
floor of Reynolda Hall and in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.
Nevertheless the school functioned and attracted large numbers of
students. In the decade of the fifties total enrollment ranged annually
from around eight hundred to almost twelve hundred and by the
midpoint of that period, Wake Forest accounting students were
scoring at the top nationally on achievement tests sponsored by the
American Institute of Accountants. For that decade the number of
B.B.A. degrees conferred ranged from eighteen in 1950 to eighty-
three in 1957. The sixties showed a decline in the number of majors,
as student interest in business careers generally waned throughout the
country. Toward the end of the Tribble administration, the
McCutcheon-Carmichael report and other studies raised serious
questions about the future of the School of Business Administration
and the place of economics in the college curriculum. There was a
trend toward establishing economics as a department within the
School of Arts and Sciences, and there were also beginning
discussions on the creation of a graduate business school. Neither of
these questions was resolved at the end of the Tribble presidency.
Whatever the disposition, it can be said that Rogers and his staff
brought business education to a professional level at Wake Forest and
that their contributions to the life of the college and to student
opportunity were of a high and noteworthy order. The contemplated
changes were in no way a repudiation of the two decades of
excellence the School of Business Administration had achieved.
The Summer
Before World War II summer school at Wake Forest was an idyllic
time, with college students trying to catch up on missing credits
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