| the history of wake forest
o narrative of sixteen years on a college campus—
when accompanied, as mine is, by highlights from faculty,
administrative, and student life and by allusions to major cultural
and athletic events—can possibly incorporate all the contributions
made, either by individuals or by groups, to the progress or the wel-
fare or simply the daily round of activities that make a college at
once so busy and so challenging.
For instance, I have mentioned certain individuals here and
there, either in the central story or in one of the supplementary
chapters on academic departments. But several others also deserve
special attention. I think of Russell Brantley, for example. Both be-
fore and after the Scales years he had a place at the center of insti-
tutional life. Officially, he was Director of Communications, and
he oversaw—and often wrote—news releases from the campus. He
was most valued, however, as adviser to the President. He had an
unmatched insight into the public relations environment in which
a university lives, and he was turned to for counsel whenever a cri-
sis, internal or external, occurred. It then became his responsibility
to defend the institution against unfair or unjustified attacks but
also to criticize the institution when it was untrue to what he saw
as its most enduring ideals. In spite of his being part of the central
administration, he remained strangely independent and, when
necessary, courageously candid, disagreeing with President Scales
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