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Raymond Benjamin Farrow III (’86, Political Science) was one of fifteen scholars
nationwide to be named a winner in the 1989 Luce Scholars competition. The schol-
arship allowed him to spend ten months in Asia on an internship program.
Summing Up the Year
The most outstanding event of the year was the presidential debate in Wait Chapel
between candidates George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis. It was the first in
a series of three debates and attracted a television audience of millions, many of
whom had never heard of Wake Forest University. The selection of Wake Forest
as a debate site was initiated by students, led by Miles Smith, and its production
involved more than 600 campus volunteers. Sandra Connor, Director of Public
Information, and her team of volunteers coordinated the preparations masterfully.
President Hearn’s involvement was crucial in gathering business leaders to sup-
port the event financially. It was a triumph for the University, Winston-Salem, and
North Carolina.
Other notable events included the retirement of Mark Reece after thirty-two
years of service and the announced retirement of Provost Ed Wilson. New deans
were welcomed, including Bob Walsh to the Law School and John McKinnon to the
Babcock Graduate School of Management. Scholastically, Wake Forest’s third Rhodes
Scholar recipient in four years, Scott Pretorius, enhanced the University’s academic
reputation. In athletics, the men’s golf team’s eighteenth ACC Championship stood
out, along with winning records for the football team, the women’s basketball team,
the soccer team, and the men’s track team. The resignation of men’s basketball coach
Bob Staak and the appointment of Dave Odom promised positive change.
The gift of the historic Ralph Hanes House by Mrs. Dewitt Chatham Hanes not
only provided new, spacious quarters for the President but freed the former Presi-
dent’s House on campus for other uses. The opening of the criteria for trustee mem-
bership was also quite significant. While the increase in minority enrollment was a
step in the right direction, the 10.8 percent increase in tuition was problematic for
many students.
The Ralph Hanes House became the new President's House
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