and a house in hampstead
season and into the NCAA tournament, where it defeated Arkan-
sas and Southern Illinois. Now among the final eight in the nation,
Wake Forest entered the Midwest Regional finals but lost 82–68 to
Marquette University, the eventual national champion. Both Rod
Griffin and “Skip” Brown were named to the first team All-ACC;
Jerry Schellenberg, Frank Johnson, and Larry Harrison also con-
tributed toward a remarkable season.
At the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention in Fay-
etteville in November the messengers approved—with only two
dissenting votes out of 2700—the thirty-year-old contract between
the University, the Convention, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foun-
dation, according to which the Foundation would support the Uni-
versity “in perpetuity” and the Convention would devote to Wake
Forest seven-and-a-half per cent of its annual income. In 1976
these commitments amounted to $820,000 from the Foundation
and $665,000 from the Convention. One proposal which disturbed
the University was that there be a limit of seven to the number of
members from any one church in the Convention who could serve
on any of the institutional boards of trustees, but by a unanimous
vote the proposal was delayed for action until the following fall.
In response to a friendly Convention, Wake Forest increased
the amount of its tuition concession to ministerial students and
appointed the University’s first director of denominational rela-
tions: Henry Stokes (B.A., 1938).
Two developments, however—one that had been simmering for a
year and another that came without warning in February—promised
to disturb the University-Convention harmony. One was the so-
called CAUSE (Comprehensive Assistance Undergraduate Science
Education) grant from the National Science Foundation5 which
came under scrutiny from the Convention’s Services Rendered
Committee. The Committee, motivated by a Convention require-
ment that federal aid could not be received except in return for
actual “services rendered,”6 was concerned that Campbell College
had earlier prepared a similar grant request to the CAUSE program,
unlike Wake Forest had presented it in advance for the Committee’s
approval, and had been turned down. How then could the Commit-
tee, “in good conscience,” approve for one school what it had denied
to another? From the Committee’s point of view the grant to Wake
Forest did in fact support “extensive capital improvements” for which
The relevant section
of the Convention’s
Constitution was as
follows: “Neither the
Convention, nor any
institution or agency
owned or supported
in whole or in part by
the Convention shall
accept or receive
directly or indirectly,
any gift, grant or aid
from the Federal or
State governments
or any governmental
agency, except for
definite and full
services rendered by
the institution or
agency and by and
with the approval of
the Convention or its
General Board.”
This grant was
received in response
to a proposal by the
Department of
Biology which was
prepared by Peter D.
Weigl and Mary
Beth Thomas.
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