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tion ceremonies was John A. Perkins, president of the Wilmington
(Delaware) Medical Center. Soon thereafter, the Mary Reynolds
Babcock Foundation announced an endowment gift of two million
dollars to the Babcock School. The income from the gift was to be
used to support curriculum planning and to fund one Babcock
professorship. Two different degrees were being planned: an M.B.A.
in business management and a Master of Science in Administration
for the management of non-profit sectors of the economy.
Following approval by the Graduate Council of a Ph.D. program
in biology to begin in the fall of 1970, seventy-three members of the
College faculty protested that they had not had sufficient opportu-
nity to discuss the program and urged the administration to “pro-
ceed with caution.” They were concerned particularly that money
traditionally set aside for undergraduate programs not be “siphoned
off” for graduate work. The President asked administrators Lucas,
Mullen, Stroupe, and myself to meet with each department in the
College and determine whether the proposed Ph.D. in biology
would be “economically feasible.”7
The Asian Studies program, established in 1960 with a grant from
the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and directed by Professor
Balkrishna G. Gokhale, received a new grant of fifty thousand dollars
to support the program for another five years. Besides the scholarly
productivity of Professor Gokhale and the recognition that was
regularly coming to him both in this country and in India, the pro-
gram earned distinction from a number of Asian performers and
teachers who came to the campus, including Professor Htin Aung,
a renowned writer and educator from Burma.
The Experimental College, continued under the leadership of
Steven Baker of Salisbury, Maryland, and Kevin Mauney of New
Bern, offered twenty-seven courses in the spring and attracted a
reported eight hundred students.
After four years of extensive study and labor, the Z. Smith
Reynolds Library completed the task of reclassifying the library
collection from the Dewey Decimal system to a combination of
alphabetical and decimal categorizing used by the Library of
Congress. Begun a year after the appointment of Merrill Berthrong
as Director of Libraries and under his careful and efficient leader-
ship, the project would prove to be of enormous value to the library
staff and to all those who used the library.
During a year of
and often bitter con-
troversies, it may
be worth noting that
President Scales
continued to look
optimistically to the
future. In the winter
of 1970, reporting to
the Trustees on what
he considered to be
the “needs” of the
University, he em-
phasized, yet again,
the top priority:
a “fine arts center,”
and he listed other
buildings that he
thought should be
planned for: an infir-
mary, a physics and
mathematics build-
ing, one or two
more residence halls,
an “administrative
building” (presumably
leaving Reynolda
Hall as a student
center), and a “public
affairs center.” He
also hoped for further
renovation of
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