96 The History of Wake Forest
and 464 students when Walsh was appointed.
He replaced John D. Scarlett, who retired
after ten years.
President Hearn wrote Len B. Preslar Jr.,
President of North Carolina Baptist Hospi-
tals, Inc., to support the development of the
J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging on the campus
of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine/
North Carolina Baptist Hospital Medical
Center. In addition, Hearn announced that he
would serve as Chair of Winston-Salem Busi-
ness, Inc., an organization formed to recruit
new business and industry to the area.
President Hearn formed a university
committee chaired by Ed Wilson and com-
posed of Leon Corbett, John Anderson, Bill
Joyner, Carlton Mitchell, and Dewey Hobbs
to implement a trustees’ resolution regarding
a School of Divinity. The committee reported
on May 17 that a divinity school should be
approved on the condition that sufficient funds were available; specifically, resources
equivalent to the income from a $15 million endowment must be secured. The
school’s annual budget would be $1 million, and it would have about 135 students.
Wake Forest Magazine, published five times a year and edited by Jeanne P. Whit-
man, received an Award of Excellence in the periodicals improvement category of
the District III Competition of CASE (Council for the Advancement and Sup-
port of Education). Window on Wake Forest, the monthly newsletter for University
employees edited by Cherin Poovey, received a Special Merit Award in the newslet-
ter competition. CASE District III included colleges, universities and academies in
the Southeast.
Finally, a literacy program for staff members was added to the University’s fringe
benefits. The program aimed to offer classes with broad appeal to employees inter-
ested in career development and educational self-improvement. They were taught
on the Reynolda campus during working hours by faculty from Forsyth Technical
Community College.
Athletics
The football team finished a second winning season with a record of 6–4–1. A bid to
the Independence Bowl was not extended, however, because the Deacons tied, rather
than beat, Appalachian State in the final game. Wake Forest had more success earlier
in the season as it hosted the one hundredth anniversary of the first football game
between the Demon Deacons and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels on
October 8. The Deacons won 42–24. Before the season began, in July, seven football
players—Chris Smith, Marvin Mitchell, Ricky Brown, Steve Brown, Brian Johnson,
Rodney Mullins, and Ernie Purnsley—formed a group called Deacons Against Drugs.
Robert Walsh
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