perience, he did so only when his advice was solicited. He never
volunteered criticism or sought in any way to influence the policies of
the university. For several years he divided his time between homes in
Florida and Blowing Rock, North Carolina, compiling brief accounts
of various phases of his administration and planning a more
comprehensive one.
On a cool day in August several years after Dr. Tribble retired, the
author of this volume took a tape recorder to Blowing Rock and the
two of them reminisced at length over the great moments of the
Tribble presidency. The pages that follow present a condensed
version of some of that conversation and are included here for the
insight they provide, at least from Dr. Tribble's perspective, on some
of the events heretofore chronicled.1
Asked why he was willing to give up a position of considerable
prestige and esteem at Andover-Newton to accept the monumental
challenge of the Wake Forest presidency, Dr. Tribble said that the
move promised to advance the central purpose of his life. He had
trained, he said, for service in his first love, "the parish ministry." His
joining the faculty of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as a
young man was actually in furtherance of that purpose. "It takes a
man who is in the ministry and teaching at the seminary to understand
how a man who feels strongly dedicated to the preaching ministry can
veer from that into teaching at the seminary," he said. "It's a matter of
multiplying your ministry. I would teach hundreds of prospective
pastors every year, and in that way my ministry would be multiplied."
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