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Country Club in Windermere, Florida, from September 12–14. Hearn began working
with Charlie Rogers of PepsiCo, who specialized in institutional organization and
Hearn also began putting a new administrative team in place. A memo to faculty,
staff, and students on September 26 stated that, effective October 1, Sandra Connor
would be promoted to Vice President for Public Affairs. Leon Corbett would become
Executive Secretary/Office of the President, rather than Secretary of the University,
but retain his title of Vice President for Legal Affairs. Former Associate Counsel Reid
Morgan would become University Counsel. In August, other promotions had been
announced: John P. Anderson became Vice President for Administration and Budget;
John G. Willard, Vice President for Financial Resource Management, with oversight
of the University’s $290 million endowment; Kenneth A. Zick, Vice President for
Student Life and Instructional Resources; and Harold R. Holmes, Dean of Student
Services. Robert Baker became Director of Development, and Julius H. Corpening
became Assistant Vice President for University Relations. Julie Barber Cole replaced
Kimberly Waller as the Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, and Donna
Hamilton joined the legal office as a staff counsel.
Elsewhere, Ross Griffith (’65) was promoted to Assistant Vice President for
Administration and Planning and Director of Institutional Research, taking over this
office from Ben M. Seelbinder (Mathematics), who retired in June 1988. In February
1989, Robert D. Mills (BA ’71, MBA ’80) was named Assistant Vice President and
Director of the Capital Campaign scheduled for public kickoff in early 1991. Kay
Lord (’64) was promoted to serve as the new Associate Director of Alumni Activities,
and James Bullock (’85) was named Director of Capital Support to work on major gift
development for the capital campaign. James Welsh (’87) became the new Director of
Alumni and Student Programs, and William C. Currin (’60), a former minister and
businessman, was named Director of the Office of Career Planning and Placement.
Two other announcements were issued at this time. On December 20, John
McKinnon, President of Sara Lee Cor-
poration, was selected to be Dean of the
Babcock Graduate School of Manage-
ment beginning July 1. A native of Lum-
berton who had lived in Winston-Salem
from 1965–1983, he was the former Pres-
ident of Sara Lee Food Services. Second,
Robert K. Walsh, former Dean of the Uni-
versity of Arkansas at Little Rock School
of Law and a specialist in litigation for an
Arkansas law firm, accepted an appoint-
ment as the Dean of the School of Law in
April, with a July 1 starting date. Walsh
was a 1967 graduate of Harvard Law
School and past Chair of the American
Bar Association Accreditation Commit-
tee. The School of Law, established in
1894, had twenty-two faculty members William Currin
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