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where they were listed in a “Department of Business and Accoun-
tancy,” an arrangement not acceptable to the accrediting agency.
Four courses of action were available to the University: (1) the
Babcock School could remain unaccredited; (2) the undergraduate
program could be merged into the Babcock School, thus satisfying
the AACSB’s preference that all business courses be under the same
jurisdiction; (3) the undergraduate majors in business and accoun-
tancy could be terminated; or (4) an undergraduate “school” could
be reestablished, in which case it would have to be accredited first,
before the Babcock School could be accredited. The fourth option,
if chosen, would place undergraduate business courses in essential-
ly the same organizational structure that had existed before the
advent of the Babcock School.
Knowing that the issues raised by accreditation required care-
ful and objective study, I appointed a committee of six persons and
asked that they make a recommendation pointing toward the wis-
est possible solution. This “Committee for the Study of Business
Programs” included two representatives from the undergraduate
Department of Business and Accountancy (Associate Professor
Stephen Ewing and Associate Professor Thomas Taylor), two from
the Babcock School (Assistant Professor James Clapper and Assis-
tant Professor Dennis Kulonda), and two from the College at large
(Associate Professor of Politics Donald Schoonmaker and Associ-
ate Professor of Biology Peter Weigl).
The law suit by former golf coach Ron Roberts against Gene
Hooks, Jesse Haddock, and the University was still not resolved
when, in the fall of 1978, a second suit of a somewhat similar na-
ture was filed, this time by former head football coach Chuck Mills
against Hooks and the University, alleging an unjustified breach of
contract. The University responded by saying that when Mills had
refused to accept a reassignment within the Department of Athlet-
ics, he had himself broken his contract.
In the midst of athletic lawsuits, unsettling discussions with the
Baptists, and conflicting ambitions in the schools of law and man-
agement, Homecoming Weekend came as a time of celebration and
joy—not, this year, because of a football victory (Wake Forest lost to
Clemson), but because of the dedication of a $125,000 carillon locat-
ed in the steeple of Wake Chapel. The gift of the Very Rev. Charles
U. Harris (B.A., 1935), an Episcopal priest and the former president
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