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expenses. This contract was necessary to replace the contract signed
in 1946 at the time that the University’s move to Winston-Salem was
agreed upon. One of the stipulations in the earlier contract was that
Wake Forest’s relationship with the Baptist State Convention would
remain unchanged. Now that Wake Forest’s “covenant” with the
Convention was in place, the Convention was no longer a party to
the contract with the Foundation, and the University and the Foun-
dation could proceed together without Convention participation.
The Convention, for its part, seemed satisfied with what was
happening at Wake Forest. In October the General Board of the
Convention said that Wake Forest continued to be worthy of sup-
port, and at the Convention’s annual meeting in November the new
University Trustees named under the Covenant were approved
without discussion. By February about one hundred Baptist churches
in North Carolina had reported that they would continue their finan-
cial support for the University.
Earlier, at the September 12 meeting of the Board of Trustees,
Cecil Sherman, the president of the Convention, had asked that Wake
Forest admit more North Carolina Baptists into the student body,
that it educate more students in church-related vocations, and that
the University “interpret” North Carolina Baptists “in a sympathetic
way.” “I expect you to love and serve Wake Forest,” he said. “I also
want you to see that you came from out of North Carolina Baptist
life and you represent the interests of North Carolina Baptists in
this place.… I am not really contentious. Everything that I have
suggested you do, you used to do. Everything I have suggested you
do, I earnestly wish you’d do again.”
These words by Cecil Sherman, though wistful about the past,
were spoken in a conciliatory way, and it was obvious that for the
time being the Covenant was working satisfactorily. Indeed, during
the remaining three years of the Scales administration, there was no
further dramatic conflict between Wake Forest and the Convention.
The stage was now set for a special convocation in Wait Chapel
on November 13. The main speaker was William C. Friday, president
of the University of North Carolina (Friday had attended Wake For-
est as a freshman in 1937–1938 before transferring to North Carolina
State, and his three younger brothers had all received degrees from
Wake Forest: Rutherford “Rudd” Friday (B.S., 1944), David L. Friday,
Jr. (B.S., 1948), and John R. Friday (B.S., 1948).) North Carolina’s
of this History.
Four of those who
came to Wake Forest
when Scales was
president were to
have particular sig-
nificance for the Uni-
versity because of
their loyal commit-
ment to their respon-
sibilities and because
they would continue
to serve Wake Forest
during succeeding
administrations.
They deserve special
mention. Julius H.
Corpening (’49)
brought sophistica-
tion and great skills
in building relation-
ships with alumni
and others who could
help to assemble the
resources needed for
Wake Forest’s
growth. Robert D.
“Bob” Mills (’71,
M.B.A., ’80) had a
keen sensitivity to
alumni concerns,
both institutional
and personal, and
developed lasting
friendships with fac-
ulty members. Minta
Aycock McNally (’74)
was a native of the
town of Wake Forest
and an alumna of
the Winston-Salem
campus and had a
unique understand-
ing of the University’s
history and of those
who had been part of
that history. Robert
T. “Bob” Baker, a
Vanderbilt Univer-
sity graduate, blessed
with a witty person-
ality and motiva-
tional skills, was
effective in expand-
ing the number of
companies and cor-
porations supporting
Wake Forest.
Two others who were
appointed to admin-
istrative positions in
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