from tribble to
from college to university
sat in an open car, smiling. He knew that, although he had lost at
the Convention, he had won the affection of those who counted
most: his friends and admirers at home.
It was a measure of Tribble’s sense of purpose, as well as his
tenacity and his courage, that he had survived the many difficult
days of his presidency and had emerged triumphant. In the words
of William C. Archie, Dean of the College from 1956 to 1958, he
“never wavered. His energy, his boundless optimism, his simple yet
profound faith swept him along.” And so, when he announced
his retirement, he was deservedly praised and applauded for his
many achievements, but especially because under his guidance Wake
Forest had settled with security and strength—and optimism—
onto a beautiful new campus in Forsyth County. Now there was no
turning back, and the College could look confidently to the future.2
That future, President Tribble hoped, would be marked by two
changes in the name and structure of the institution. One would
be the recognition of “University” status for the “College,” and the
other would be “the liberalization of the relationship between the
For a detailed
report on Harold
Tribble and his
presidency see By-
num Shaw, The
History of Wake
Forest College,
Volume IV (1943–
1967), especially
Chapters VI and XVI.
Dean Archie’s trib-
ute is on page 135.
President Harold W. Tribble in his office in Reynolda Hall
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