86 The History of Wake Forest
Joyner, together with Director of Public Information Sandra Connor, to reduce their
budgets in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to balance the overall 1988–1989
budget. The Z. Smith Reynolds Library halted acquisition of books halfway through the
year because it ran out of money; however, an infusion of $150,000 from the administra-
tion in mid-January 1988 allowed the library to resume book and periodical purchases.
The first issue of Window on Wake Forest (volume 1, number 1), a publication for
faculty and staff, came out in December 1987.
The Wake Forest Board of Trustees elected Herbert Brenner, President of the
Brenner Iron and Metal Company, as its first Jewish member. His term started Jan-
uary 1, 1988. The Trustees also voted unanimously to increase tuition 9.6 percent
for the 1988–1989 school year, with undergraduates and graduate students paying
$7,950 in base tuition, an increase of $700. Students in the School of Law would pay
$8,950, an increase of $750. President Hearn stated the primary reasons for the
increases were the need to increase junior faculty salaries and financial aid. Tuition had
increased a total of 32.5 percent since the fall of 1985, when tuition was $6,000 per year.
James R. Gadd (’71) of Charlotte became President-Elect of the 35,000-member
National Alumni Association in July 1987. He succeeded W. Prentiss Baker III (’65).
Bob Mills (’71, MBA ’80) coordinated the first-ever gathering of all Wake Forest
alumni groups at The Homestead in July 1987, following the pattern of summer
meetings established by the College Alumni Council.
Three Distinguished Service Citations were presented to alumni during Home-
coming weekend, November 6–8. Honored were Bert L. Shore (’37, humanitarian
service), Evelyn Patricia Foote (’52, public service), and Lawrence David Hopkins
(’72, MD ’77, medicine).
Summing Up the Year
From October 1987 on, the U.S. News & World Report ranking system would influence
the way outsiders viewed Wake Forest. As time went by, it gave prospective students
and their parents a concrete, if not totally accurate, source to consult in deciding
whether the University was right for them. In most years thereafter, application num-
bers increased. Likewise, the groundwork completed to host the presidential debate
brought Wake Forest to the attention of many who barely knew of it, and surprised
others who thought they knew it. Because of the debate, recognition of the Wake
Forest name increased, as did the University’s prestige.
Subtle and overt transformations in the University’s administration included
the development of new leaders and the rewarding of seasoned veterans with more
demanding, higher-status appointments. Faculty gained wider recognition through
publications and grants, and salary increases occurred. In an attempt to enrich the
institution in multiple ways, the alumni association worked toward the awarding of
scholarships that would make Wake Forest more diverse. The award from the Olin
Foundation of a major grant for a new physics building and the naming and rededi-
cation of campus landmarks marked significant change and growth.