the eleventh
president:
his first year
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In the spring seven hundred students registered for twenty-six
courses in the Experimental College. They studied such subjects
as “civil disobedience,” stock market investments, the theology of
Paul Tillich, and “ESP and dreams”; they learned about “psyche-
delic drugs” and how to appreciate a movie; and they took courses
in snow skiing, sailing, karate, and sewing. It is obvious that the
“College” was attempting to respond to student interests—some
of them having a close relationship to familiar themes of the ’60’s—
that found no home in the official curriculum.
Two administrative actions that were to have long-range implica-
tions for the University occurred during the first year of the Scales
presidency. One was a decision to establish an art department. At
the time the only art courses offered at Wake Forest were taught by
Associate Professor of English A. Lewis Aycock, who over his years at
the College had moved beyond the teaching of literature to explore
art history and who, with a commendable pioneering spirit, had—
on his own—developed a program within the English department
which included courses in ancient and medieval art, Renaissance
and modern art, and American art. Sterling Boyd of the Washing-
ton and Lee University faculty (Ph.D., Princeton) was named to
chair the department which was about to be developed; he would
arrive on campus the following fall. Scales said that it was the Uni-
versity’s intention to have “first-rate programs in art history and in
studio.” “I want it all,” he announced.
The second administrative action with far-reaching significance
for the University came shortly after the death on December 13,
1967, of Charles H. Babcock, a Winston-Salem investment banker
who, perhaps more than anyone else, had been responsible for Wake
Forest’s opportunity to move to a new campus in Winston-Salem.
He and his first wife, Mary Reynolds Babcock, the daughter of R.J.
Reynolds, contributed the land on which the campus was created.
He also played a major role in making possible the gifts to Wake
Forest of Reynolda Village, the building on Reynolda Road occu-
pied by the Western Electric Company, and the land on which the
new football stadium was then being built. He was himself a biblio-
phile, a collector of rare books,13 and took a special interest not only
in the University Library but in academic matters generally. I recall
that sometimes, when I saw him, he would ask me whether there
was some instructional or research need, from the perspective of
13
Some years later,
Mr. Babcock’s col-
lection was given to
Wake Forest. See
Chapter Eight of this
History, pp. 137–138.
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