| the history of wake forest
able to restore harmony to the school and repair some of the dam-
aged relationships among faculty, students, and alumni.
The issues surrounding WILPA and Bowman’s deanship were
not the only sources of tension between the University administra-
tion and certain prominent alumni and friends of the law school,
who questioned whether President Scales was sufficiently committed
to the law school to give it the support that, in their eyes, it desper-
ately needed. Accordingly, a Trustee law school committee under
the chairmanship of Lonnie Williams (B.S., 1951; J.D., 1953) made
a presentation to the full Board which pointed out that salaries on
the law faculty were well below the national average and that the
law library was so inadequate that the school’s accreditation might
soon be in jeopardy. Because the law school, “so far as is known,”
received no funds either from the general endowment of the Uni-
versity or from the Baptist Convention, it had to provide “all of its
operating finances from [its own] tuition, endowment, and gifts.”
Some way must be found to provide additional financial support
for the law school, the Williams committee said, if the “vitality and
effectiveness of the Law School are to be preserved.”
When the Babcock Graduate School of Management was being
shaped under the planning guidance of its original dean, Robert
Carlson, he and the first faculty members said—rather too optimisti-
cally, but with the kind of carefree rejection of academic conserva-
tism that Babcock in its early years indulged in—that national
accreditation by the AACSB (American Association of Collegiate
Schools of Business) was not necessary and would not be sought.
The Babcock School was going to be strong enough to win applause
and find success on its own, they said, without having to worry
about evaluation from the outside.
Now, in its eighth year, under its third dean, Frank Schilagi, the
Babcock School decided that accreditation was not only desirable but
also necessary if the School was to receive the kind of national rec-
ognition and financial support it needed. There was a major obstacle in
the path toward accreditation, however: the AACSB required that all
business programs in the University, both graduate and undergradu-
ate, be approved as part of the same process, but, after the Babcock
Graduate School had come into being, Wake Forest’s undergradu-
ate courses in business and accountancy (formerly in the “School
of Business Administration”) had been reassigned to the College,
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