| the history of wake forest
committees there was relatively little faculty comment: faculty
members were traditionally willing to leave most “student life”
matters within the authority of the deans and their staffs, these
responsibilities typically having limited relationship to the life of the
classroom. Admissions, however, was different. Faculty members
suspected—correctly—that the change in policy had been brought
about because of concern within the Trustees and administration
about some athletes and some “legacy” applicants to the College
who were having a difficult time being approved for admission by
a committee made up exclusively of faculty members. When the
Joint Admissions Committee met, therefore, under my chairman-
ship, it proceeded to adopt new procedures which would allow the
Committee, by a majority vote, to admit applicants in three catego-
ries (athletes, minority students, and “legacy” candidates) so long
as no more than two per cent of any entering class came from any
one of the categories. In other words, up to two per cent of a new
class could be athletes who did not meet traditional requirements
for admission, another two per cent could be minority students,
and another two per cent could be “legacy” applicants. The re-
maining ninety-four per cent would continue to be evaluated by
the Office of Admissions and, if necessary, by the faculty admis-
sions committee and would not come to the attention of the Joint
Admissions Committee.
The new approach to College admissions was eventually ac-
cepted, however grudgingly, by the faculty, and it became, without
significant change, the process which would be followed for years
to come, certainly through the remaining years of the Scales ad-
A recurrent topic for discussion at Trustee meetings, prompted
at this time in large part by the need for an expanded base for Uni-
versity fund-raising, was the membership of the Board itself. In
September the Trustees once again addressed this issue, asking
that they themselves be allowed to elect their successors, “provided
that a majority elected each year shall be members in good stand-
ing of churches cooperating with the Baptist State Convention of
North Carolina.” When the Convention met in November, mes-
sengers voted to study Wake Forest’s contract with the Z. Smith
Reynolds Foundation but took no action toward changing require-
ments for Trustee membership.
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