the eleventh
president:
his first year
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in the recent history of the institution,” the Trustees later declared.
One speaker after another brought greetings: Frederick L. “Chip”
Cooper III, president of the student body; J. Smith Young, president
of the Alumni Association; Henry L. Snuggs, Professor of English;
W. Perry Crouch, general secretary-treasurer of the Baptist State
Convention; William C. Friday, president of the University of North
Carolina; and Dan K. Moore, Governor of North Carolina. I pre-
sided over the occasion.21
The main speaker for the inauguration, appropriately for a
Democrat and an avid participant in political affairs like President
Scales,22 was Hubert Humphrey, Vice President of the United
States. Humphrey, cheerful and ebullient as always, recalled that
President Harry Truman, “one of the great presidents,” had spoken
at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Winston-Salem campus.
“Wherever Harry Truman walked I’m always happy to follow,” he
said. He called for a “new patriotism”: “Not the hurrah of patrio-
tism, but of dedication, of commitment, of understanding, of the
21
The entire May
1968 issue of
The Wake Forest
Magazine is given
over to the Inaugu-
ration. Texts of all
the speeches are
included.
22
The following fall,
Scales publicly en-
dorsed Humphrey
for the presidency
of the United States.
(In 1976 Scales
attended the Dem-
ocratic National
Conven tion in
New York City and
covered the Conven-
tion as an on-the-
scene reporter for
the Winston-Salem
Journal.)
On Inauguration Day: Hubert Humphrey, Harold Tribble, James Ralph Scales, and Edwin Wilson
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