| the history of wake forest
came all the way from the warm South, to speak to me about moving
to Wake Forest, for a Kenan Professorship, I accepted.” She began her
Wake Forest career in the fall of 1973.
Two other faculty appointments of historic significance were
made in the spring of 1974: Herman L. Eure (Ph.D., 1976) to the
Department of Biology and Dolly A. McPherson to the Depart-
ment of English. They were to become the first full-time black
members of the College faculty and were both destined to have
long and fruitful careers at Wake Forest.
The speaker at the opening fall Convocation was North Caro-
lina Senator Sam J. Ervin Jr., then acquiring national fame as
chairman of the Senate Watergate committee. An overflow crowd
filled the chapel, comparable in size, some Wake Foresters re-
membered, to audiences that only a few earlier speakers like Elea-
nor Roosevelt and Billy Graham had attracted. To honor Senator
Ervin, a lectureship (part-time) in his name was established in the
College; the first appointee to the position was Wallace Carroll,
recently retired as editor of the Winston-Salem Journal. (Later in
the fall an “Impeach Nixon” rally was held on the campus. Three
members of the faculty—Professors Bryan, Smiley, and Schoon-
In the fourth year since its beginning the Babcock School ac-
quired a new dean, its third: Frank J. Schilagi (B.B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.,
Georgia), an Associate Professor of Management who had also
served as Associate Dean. Again there were reports of faculty dis-
satisfaction and unrest, and Jack Ferner, who had served for only
two and a half years, decided that he did not want to continue as
dean. Schilagi received the unanimous approval of the faculty, was
appointed in mid-year, and was asked to try to bring stability to the
School, which, in spite of these frequent administrative changes,
seemed to be moving with success toward its academic goals.
Construction of the theatre wing of the Fine Arts Center began
in August with the expectation that the building would be ready
for use in the spring of 1975. Six million dollars had been raised for
the One Fifty Fund, and the University’s development officers, un-
der the direction of Bill Straughan, now Vice President for Devel-
opment, were heartened by receiving national recognition: the U.S.
Steel Award for the greatest growth in one year in alumni giving
programs among American universities.