94 The History of Wake Forest
although the percentage of blacks in
the United States at the time was 12
percent. McKinley quoted Hearn’s
assertion that Wake Forest was now
a national university.
In another area, however, an
era was ending. Provost Ed Wilson
had decided to change administra-
tive roles after twenty-one years as
Provost and nine years as Dean. A
search began for a Vice President
of Academic Affairs. The search
committee was headed by John
Anderson and included Tom Mul-
len (Dean of the College), Tom Tay-
lor (Dean of the Calloway School
of Business and Accountancy),
Paul Dierks (Dean of the Babcock
Graduate School of Management),
Harold Holmes (Dean of Student
Services), Nancy Cotton (Dean of
the Graduate School), Tom Roberts (Law), Carole Browne (Biology), Paul Ribisl
(Health and Sports Sciences), Michael Hazen (Speech Communication and Theatre),
Doug Maynard (Medical School), Sandra Connor (Vice President for Public Affairs),
and Student Government President Mike Smith. Reid Morgan represented staff on
the committee.
In October, Mark H. Reece (’49), Dean of
Students, retired after thirty-two years of service.
He started at Wake Forest as Associate Director
of Alumni Affairs. In 1958, he was named Direc-
tor of Student Affairs and, in 1963, Dean of Men.
He became Dean of Students in 1984 and was
responsible for the student handbook, freshman
orientation, judicial system activities, and frater-
nity and society/sorority affairs. In recognition of
his involvement in helping students buy original art
for the University collection, the collection of this
art was named in his honor.
Margaret Perry received the Distinguished Ser-
vice Citation at the annual meeting of the Southern
Association of College Registrars and Admissions
in recognition of her success in establishing and
editing the association’s journal.
In preparation for what President Hearn
called “second-generation planning,” the Execu-
tive Council held a retreat at the Isleworth Golf and
President Hearn transformed Wake Forest
from a regional into a national university
Mark Reece
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