As its first step the search committee sought to get a word picture of
the man most ideal for the job, and members of the faculty, the
administration, and the trustees were invited to set forth lists of
qualifications. In a confidential letter to Dr. Warren on May 17,
President Kitchin set forth the requirements as he saw them. His
analysis touched on these points:
1. Religion. He should be a sincere Christian, a loyal and informed Bap-
tist, able to give Baptists in North Carolina and in the South wise and
inspiring leadership in their program of Christian education, maintaining at
the same time an understanding and sympathetic attitude toward their entire
program and a cooperative spirit and relationship toward all Christian
2. Culture. He should be at home and able to move without embarrasment
to himself or others in the highest educational circles, vet never losing the
common touch that makes one feel equally at home when serving the
uninformed and underprivileged. Whether he is himself a profound scholar
or not, he should know his way around in the world of scholarship and be
able to apprise its value and promote its development.
3. Administrative Ability. He should be a good judge of other people, able
to analyze accurately and quickly situations and problems, capable of
making wise decisions and of securing the spirit of cooperation on the part
of others, efficient as a reconciler of differences, possessed of the spirit of
sincerity, of fairness, and of sympathetic understanding.
4. Public Relations. He should be a man of such personality and ability as
to win the confidence of the ablest business and professional men, as well as
of the rank and file of the masses. He should be able to present effectively to
individuals or groups the institution of which he is the chief official and the
cause which looks to him as its primary advocate.
5. Experience. He should be a person whose experience has made him
well acquainted with what is being done in the colleges and universities,
conversant with their problems, their aims, and their ideals. His experience
should include also active participation in the work of his church and
6. Physical Qualities. He should be mature enough to possess capacity for
making sound judgments, winning the confidence of others, and offering
sane leadership; yet, young enough to be of sufficient health and vigor to
give promise of efficient service and leadership for some years to come.
On June 16 the faculty endorsed a statement drawn up by H. M.
Poteat, H. B. Jones, C. C. Pearson, J. A. Easley, and Eugene Olive
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