The Dawn of a New Day 29
purpose. This we deem to be the greatest danger, and against it the bene-
factors represented in the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and the trustees of
the college are united in solemn pledge to stand guard.
But Hayes said there were obvious advantages, and the ones he
presented seemed to outweigh the disadvantages. He listed them as
1. Population and Baptist membership of the state are predominantly west
of Wake Forest. The 1940 census reveals that the white population of the
state east of Wake Forest is approximately 20 percent as compared with
approximately 80 percent west of Wake Forest. Memberships in Baptist
churches have approximately the same distribution.
2. There is no senior Baptist college in the western half of the state at
present, and two of the three junior colleges in the western area are owned
by the local area in which they are located rather than by the convention.
3. North Carolina's investment in plant and endowment of senior colleges
and universities is at present approximately $100 million in the eastern half
of the state and $25 million in the western half. A careful check shows that
not more than ii percent of the white students of North Carolina in senior
colleges and universities are in institutions west of Winston-Salem.
4. The area within a thirty-mile radius of Raleigh has been blessed with
approximately 75 percent of all investments which have been made for
higher education in North Carolina.
5. The combined development of industry, agriculture, and water power
in the western end of the state is responsible for the steady western move-
ment of the center of population.
6. The present plant at Wake Forest is inadequate, and removal would
permit the building of a thoroughly modern and suitable plant, on spacious
7. The present income of the college is inadequate.
8. The proposed plan would assure a new day of immeasurably greater
opportunities for Wake Forest College and for the Baptists of North Car-
In the evening after the trustee meeting Judge Oates appeared
before a special convocation of the student body and urged its
members to be patient, to wait for factual information, and not to pay
much attention to rumor. The trustees, he said, badly needed "to know
what the Baptists of North Carolina want us to do." It was supposed at
that time that the Reynolds offer would be pre-
Previous Page Next Page