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student leaders for the year were Mike Smith, Student Government President; Chad
Kilebrew, Old Gold and Black Editor; Vivian Roebuck, Howler Editor; and Tricia Ban-
nister, Student Union President. In addition, Steve Perricone, a sophomore, was cho-
sen on September 23 to serve a two-year term on the Wake Forest Board of Trustees,
representing the student body.
Facilities, Finances, and Alumni
In an extraordinary contribution, Mrs. Dewitt Chatham Hanes, widow of Ralph P.
Hanes, the founder of Hanes Dye and Finishing Company, offered the Ralph Hanes
House to the University as the new President’s House on December 8, 1988. Located
on 14.7 acres off of Robinhood Road, the house was designed by Julian Peabody of
Boston and well-suited to the extensive entertaining expected of University Presi-
dents. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, the Forsyth County Tax Office val-
ued the house at $500,000 and the surrounding land at $400,000. Ralph Hanes and
his family moved in on October 29, 1929, the day the stock market crashed. The
gardens were designed by Ellen Shipman and featured in the September 1988 issue
of House and Garden.
Stipulations for the University receiving the house included occupancy by the
President of Wake Forest University, maintenance of the gardens surrounding the
house, and a prohibition of future development of the property. Mrs. Hanes lived
in the house through the spring of 1989. The Hearns moved in over the Thanks-
giving break, even though renovations were unfinished. The former President’s
House was then renovated as the Welcome Center for the Admissions Department,
with personnel moving into the house before the fall semester of 1990. Reynolda
Hall became less congested as a result, as the Dean of the College moved into the
former Admissions Office space (Suite 104), and the Provost’s Office took over
the offices previously shared with the Dean (Suite 204). The surprise gift and its
consequences were a serendipitous windfall in a whirlwind of dreams, plans, and
The University completed negotiations for the transfer of property to the State of
North Carolina to create an extension of Silas Creek Parkway. It also gave property to
the Boy Scouts of America for a new headquarters on the other side of the Silas Creek
right-of-way. In an agreement with the City of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest regained
control of campus roads once the extension was finished.
In a July 8 memo, President Hearn thanked the Campus Landscape Committee,
composed of John Anderson, Lu Leake, Pete Moore, and Jim Coffey, for developing
a long-range beautification plan. In February, the Quad’s inner row of ash trees was
moved to create an outer row on the advice of Hunter Reynolds Jewell, the firm that
Wake Forest employed to suggest a comprehensive landscape plan for the campus.
The move would provide shade for the sidewalk while maintaining consistency in
tree variety, according to Lu Leake, Assistant Vice President for Administration and