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The building would take two years to complete. In March, the trustees authorized
the construction of facilities near the water tower for the School of Law and Babcock
Graduate School of Management.
In October 1987, the 300-student residence hall completed in 1970 and known
as the “New Dorm” was dedicated as the Joseph W. Luter Jr. Residence Hall. Joseph W.
Luter III (’62), Chair of Smithfield Foods, Inc., made a $1 million gift to Wake Forest
in late February 1987.
A new baseball facility, Gene Hooks Stadium, was dedicated on April 23 in a cer-
emony prior to the Wake Forest–Virginia baseball game. Located on the southeastern
part of the campus near the Physical Plant, it had dressing rooms, an indoor batting
cage, a press box, and permanent seating for 2,500 spectators.
A less positive change was the reduction in window service at the campus post
office because of budget cuts to the United States Postal Service. The February 16
decision meant the post office window was open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It had
formerly been open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., closed for lunch, and then reopened
from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Off campus, AT&T’s Lexington Road plant closed, and President Hearn became
concerned about AT&T’s Reynolda Road facility, which contributed substantially to
the University’s financial well-being. On January 29, he charged Vice Presidents Wil-
lard, Anderson, and Corbett to study converting the facility to other purposes to pre-
vent any loss of income. Although assured by AT&T executives that the lease would
be renewed when it expired in 1990, Hearn wanted to be proactive.
The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company announced in July that its Planters + Life
Savers division would relocate to Winston-Salem and lease space in its former World
Headquarters building, which it had given to the University the previous year. Vice
President John Anderson said Planters + Life Savers would rent enough space to cover
Wake Forest’s operating costs for the entire building.
A five-year campus beautification plan began, targeting improvements to the
main quad, the Magnolia Quad, the grounds around the Scales Fine Arts Building, and
courtyards in the north campus residence halls. It was originally scheduled to begin in
the 1988–1989 academic year, but President Hearn approved its launch in 1987.
In a more significant and comprehensive drive, the Capital Planning Commit-
tee, chaired by Vice President John Anderson, developed a five-year plan and a long-
range plan, which the Board of Trustees approved on April 1 with an allocation of
$54.9 million. Among the thirteen new projects were the new university center and
physics building; new athletic facilities, including a baseball stadium, a tennis center,
and a golf complex; the professional center for law and business; a new façade and
addition to the Z. Smith Reynolds Library; and renovations to Carswell, Babcock,
Salem, and Reynolda Halls. Approximately $275,000 had been used this year toward
residence hall renovation, and at least that much was to be used for renovations in
each of the next six years, according to Dennis Gregory, Director of Residence Life
and Housing. This formal long-range planning was in response once again to the
“Year 2000 Report,” which had informally proposed objectives for the millennium.
In another money matter, even though Wake Forest had been ranked among the
nation’s top twenty institutions in fundraising by the Council for Aid to Education,
President Hearn in a March 17 memo asked Vice Presidents Anderson, Corbett, and