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His years as president, he told the trustees, had been "exciting but
exhilarating, controversial yet constructive." He called his an era
"marked by constant planning and campaigning, building, and some
achievement," and he said he had "tried at all times to give my best
thought and labor to the service of the college."
In accepting the resignation the trustees adopted a resolution of
appreciation which said, in part:
Standing on the vantage point of history and looking backwards over the
past sixteen years, it seems fair to say that no one at that time could have
envisioned the dedication and expenditures in time, effort, and money that
would be necessary to plan the campus, build the buildings, and raise the
money to pay for them. However, under President Tribble's leadership all of
these things were accomplished with a minimum of interruption resulting
from the removal…. For his wisdom and foresight, for his dedication and
leadership in moving Wake Forest College to her new home and advancing
the college to university status, and for the devotion of Dr. and Mrs. Tribble
to the cause of Christian education, we express our sincere appreciation.
At the time of his announcement, Dr. Tribble was just over a month
shy of his sixty-eighth birthday.
At a press conference following the trustee meeting, G. Maurice
Hill, president of the board, said that "all of us who love Wake Forest
are in President Tribble's debt. Indeed, those of us who look to quality
education as a means of improving man's future are in Tribble's debt.
The accomplishments of Wake Forest during his administration could
not have been envisioned sixteen years ago. History will remember
him as one of the great presidents, and I shall not be surprised if it
acclaims him as one of the greatest presidents of American higher
In presenting his resignation Dr. Tribble had urged the board to
work for a "liberalization of the relationship between the institution
and the Baptist State Convention," and at the public meeting he and
Hill elaborated on that idea. Tribble said he meant "fundamentally
that the Board of Trustees be recognized as the official body with
authority to administer the affairs of the college." Tribble said he
thought a partnership "that will be conducive to a normal and
vigorous and vital development in our educational program can be
devised within the framework of a vital relationship with the
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