from tribble to
from college to university
aura about him that is hard to explain.” He was seen as likable and
gregarious, as sincerely interested in other people, as dignified and
yet democratic. Behind every decision that he made, one close friend
and colleague said, was the question: “What will my decision do to
other people?”
Wake Forest faculty members who met Scales during the inter-
view period were likewise impressed. Professor Nowell—for the
faculty committee—made a favorable report to the Board of Trust-
ees. And Professor Carter recalls that, during the time that Scales
spent with the committee, he put everyone at ease, listened intently,
and stressed the centrality of the faculty in institutional governance.
Faculty members were not meant to be simply “spear carriers,”
Scales said.
From the perspective of Scales himself, Wake Forest was an
especially attractive destination. He was forty-eight years old, he
was ambitious to be a college president again, and he believed in
the kind of liberal arts tradition that Baptist colleges at their best
Tribble Hall, named in the spring of 1967 for President Tribble
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