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less encompassing and time-consuming study ten years hence would
perhaps suffice for affirming the accreditation of an institution which,
like Wake Forest, has consistently met standards in the past, and
for alerting the institution to the need for new goals and programs.”
Central to the self-study was a new “statement of purpose” pre-
pared by a committee chaired by Associate Professor of Mathemat-
ics Richard Carmichael and including two students (Karen Bissell,
a junior from Charlotte, and Stanley Meiburg, a senior from Win-
ston-Salem) and five additional faculty members: Associate Profes-
sor of Politics David Broyles, Associate Dean Robert Dyer, Assistant
Professor of Philosophy Charles Lewis, Professor of English Eliza-
beth Phillips, and Professor of Physics Thomas Turner. The state-
ment, which would be widely used and reprinted during the
decade or so immediately ahead, deserves being recorded:
Wake Forest is a university entrusted with a vital religious heri-
tage and an equally vital tradition of academic freedom. Recog-
nizing the special character of its obligation as an educational
institution, Wake Forest assumes the further responsibility of
insuring that the Christian faith will be an integral part of the
University’s common life. Through an association with the Bap-
tist churches of North Carolina, the visible symbol and ministry
of the campus church, the chaplaincy, and the Christian com-
Dean Tom Elmore and students at a BSU picnic
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