the eleventh
president:
his first year
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“Wduring
ake Forest University” officially came into being
the summer of 1967, but “Wake Forest College,”
founded in 1834, continued at the center—the heart—of the insti-
tution. At the beginning of the 1967 fall term, 2406 students1 were
enrolled in the College, divided almost equally between in-state
and out-of-state students. 743 of the students were women—about
31%. There were fourteen blacks2 in the student body: a disturbingly
small number, especially considering that Wake Forest was in its
sixth year of integration, Edward Reynolds, the first black student,
having been admitted in the fall of 1962.
The School of Business Administration, founded in 1948, and
open for admission to qualified Wake Forest juniors and seniors,
enrolled 123 students (118 men and five women) for the 1967 fall
term. The School of Law, in its seventy-fourth year, enrolled 196
students (192 men and four women), rather equally distributed
among the three years of the LL.B. program. And the Bowman Gray
School of Medicine, entering its sixty-sixth year as a two-year
school and its twenty-seventh year as a four-year school, enrolled
223 students (213 men and ten women), the four classes of the M.D.
program not differing appreciably in size.
The Graduate School, which came into existence in 1961 but
until 1967 had been called the Division of Graduate Studies, enrolled
215 students (147 men and 68 women) in eleven departments of the
College (biology, chemistry, education, English, history, mathemat-
ics, physical education, physics, psychology, religion, and sociology
and anthropology3) and five departments of the School of Medicine
(anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, and physiology).
chapter two
1967–1968
The Eleventh President:
His First Year
1
Virginia, New
Jersey, Maryland,
Pennsylvania, and
Florida—in that
order—supplied the
largest number of
students from out-
side North Carolina.
2
Following the prac-
tice usually adopted
during the years
from 1967 to 1983,
I have used the
word “blacks” to
refer to those minor-
ity students who
came in later years
to be more often
identified as “African-
Americans.”
3
Sociology and
anthropology were
then combined into
one department.
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