from tribble to
from college to university
eleven. A recommendation from the College faculty that Saturday
classes be abolished, passed in April by a 79–40 vote and endorsed—
naturally—by students, had still not been acted upon by the Trust-
ees. And certain regulations about campus conduct—among them
such rules as that “The possession or use on the Wake Forest Col-
lege campus of any intoxicating liquors, wines, or beer is forbidden”
or “Women are not permitted in the dormitory sections of men’s
dormitories”4—still gave students reason to act, though historically
in vain, toward changes in the social arrangements of campus life.
Hardly anyone in 1967, however, not even among student leaders,
could have foreseen how suddenly, in just a few years, the atmo-
sphere of the campus would change and how a word that perhaps
no one had yet formulated—“intervisitation”—would become a
goal for future student activists.
Meanwhile, the Board of Trustees’ search for President Tribble’s
successor had begun. In October Maurice Hill, Chairman of the
Board, appointed a committee to undertake this important effort:
Lex Marsh, a Charlotte realtor and mortgage banker, as chairman;
Thomas Davis of Winston-Salem, president of Piedmont Aviation;
George Paschal Jr., a Raleigh surgeon; Carlton Prickett, pastor of
the First Baptist Church of Burlington; and Leon Rice, a Winston-
Salem attorney. Subsequently, when their terms on the Board came
to an end (December 31, 1966), Davis and Prickett were replaced by
James Mason, an attorney from Laurinburg, and Claude Broach,
pastor of St. John’s Baptist Church in Charlotte.
Three members of the College faculty were named to advise
the Trustee committee: Associate Professor of English John Carter,
Professor of Chemistry John Nowell (chairman), and Professor
of Psychology John Williams. They were joined by D. Paul Hylton
from the School of Business Administration; Norman Wiggins
from the School of Law; and James Harrill and Robert Morehead
from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. And five students
were appointed to serve in a similar capacity: Henry Bostic, a Col-
lege junior from Elizabethtown, N.C., Dana Hanna, a graduate
student from Dunn, N.C.; Allan Head, a first-year law student from
Atlanta; Warren “Butch” Pate, a College senior, also from Dunn;
and Susan Rabenhorst, a College senior from Louisville, Kentucky.
Almost at once, names of possible candidates for the presidency
were put forward, among them Pope Duncan, president of Georgia
Student Handbook
1966–67 (Wake
Forest College,
1966), p. 53.
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