VI
A President's Trials
The concerted effort by Dr. Tribble to raise the funds needed for the
move to Winston-Salem had not been made without some aggravated
feelings. There were many alumni who still opposed the move to the
new campus, and as that relocation grew nearer, they not only refused
to accept it but directed their resentment toward the president. Within
the constituency of the Baptist State Convention there were
grievances varied in nature, represented in most part by complaints
that the college was not sufficiently Christian in all of its observances.
Dr. Tribble's single-mindedness and aggressiveness, along with an
uncompromising and sometimes dictatorial personality; had offended
many friends of Wake Forest as well as certain key members of the
college staff. There were also many alumni and some trustees who
felt that Tribble had no sympathy for the athletic program and was
determined to undermine it.
Criticism of Tribble became so voluble that on November 16, 1955,
outgoing Trustee President Basil M. Watkins, the Durham attorney
whose family had long been prominent in college affairs, appointed a
nine-man committee headed by A. J. Hutchins of Canton to
investigate the "overall situation" at Wake Forest. "There is an ever-
increasing tide of belief among the many people who love Wake
Forest," Watkins said, "that there are serious matters involving the
college and its administration that must be aired completely for the
welfare of all persons concerned." He said that the sports program
would be part of the study but not the reason for it.
Watkins described the investigation as having "particular refer-
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