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At Graylyn, the Mews Renovation was completed in January of 1990, doubling
the Conference Center’s guest capacity. Corporate Meetings and Incentives magazine
named Graylyn one of the top ten conference centers in the United States for the
second straight year. Across town, at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine/Baptist
Hospital Medical Center, an eleven-story clinical sciences building was completed in
early 1990 and formed the new main entrance.
Expansion of space and the building or renewal of existing structures seemed
to be the theme in 1989–1990. In an interview in the October 19 Old Gold and
Black, President Hearn stated unequivocally that Wake Forest had become a nation-
ally respected university, and the only question was what that status meant for its
academic and intellectual development. He said that the emphasis, although not
immediately apparent, was shifting from the construction or expansion of new struc-
tures to building and strengthening the faculty.
Three new Reynolds Professors were announced during the spring semester, effec-
tive July 1, 1990: Robert J. Plemmons (’61) in the Department of Mathematics and
Computer Science, who was recruited from North Carolina State University; Paul
Escott in History, who had been a distinguished Civil War scholar-teacher at UNC-
Charlotte and was the son-in-law of Carlton Mitchell in the Department of Religion;
and Terisio Pignatti in the Art Department, a distinguished scholar of Italian art his-
tory. In addition, Allen Mandelbaum, poet and celebrated translator of Dante and
Virgil, joined the college faculty as Kenan Professor of Humanities.
Allen Mandelbaum could be very student friendly and engaging