Upgrading, Expanding, and Renewing
There are no closed societies. Freedom rides on the technologies of information over
whatever barriers are erected. The people of all nations have seen your blue jeans and
heard your rock music. These are the rhythms of freedom, and the garments of a new
era. As St. Paul said, ‘The old order has passed away. Behold! All things have become
new.’ Commencement is a time of beginning. Yours is now the world to make anew—in
gratitude for what has been, and in hope for what, with your labor, may become.
Thomas K. Hearn Jr., May 21, 1990;
Charge to the Graduates, Wake Forest University Commencement
ntil the beginning of the 1989–1990 academic year, the Hearn administra-
tion had primarily focused outward on such matters as terminating the cov-
relationship with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and
hosting a presidential debate. Internally, three new top administrative positions had
been created: John Anderson moved from the University of Alabama, Birmingham
(UAB) to become Vice President for Administration and Planning in January 1984;
Sandra Connor, former Director of Public Information, became Vice President for
University Relations in August 1988; and Ken Zick, who had held a number of posi-
tions in the Law School, became Vice President for Student Life in August 1988. Only
Anderson’s appointment was truly new in infusing an outsider into the Wake Forest
culture; Connor and Zick were recruited from the ranks as Hearn recognized their
competence and expertise. These positions represented a consolidation and reorga-
nization of a formerly ad hoc structure.
Attention now turned to further upgrading and renewing the campus. New con-
struction on campus was launched with the official March 31, 1988, ground-break-
ing for the $3 million Olin Physics building, dedicated on October 5, 1989, only 18
months later. It comprised 31,375 square feet and doubled the space that the Physics
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