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Lee University and the brother-in-law of Joseph
Milner, Chair of the Department of Education.
Elrod decided to stay at Washington and Lee, how-
ever, where he eventually became its President.
When the search was reopened, David G. Brown,
Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at
Asheville (UNCA) rose to the top of the list. He was
offered the Provost position, and a news confer-
ence announcing his acceptance was held on June
4, 1990. Tall and lanky, the fifty-four-year-old was
a creative, affable, high-energy administrator. A
graduate with honors in Economics from Denison
University in Ohio, Brown received his master’s and
doctoral degrees in Economics from Princeton and
taught at the University of North Carolina at Cha-
pel Hill from 1961 to 1966. He came with a wealth
of experience in academic administration. He had
been Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Drake University, Execu-
tive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Miami University in Ohio, and President
of Transylvania College, Kentucky, before serving as Chancellor of UNCA for six
The Beck Report, named for the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Athlet-
ics and Academics, Robert C. Beck (Psychology), was presented to the faculty in
May 1991. It contained thirty-seven recommendations, encompassing four areas
of concern: admissions and recruiting; academic monitoring; support services;
and other. For almost a year, the committee had studied ways to improve the aca-
demic performance of student-athletes. Its members, John Earle (Sociology), Her-
man Eure (Biology), Michael Hazen (Communications and Theatre Arts), and
James Kuzmanovich (Mathematics and Computer Science), recommended raising
admissions standards for student-athletes, increasing the academic requirements
for enrolled student-athletes, and improving athletes’ relations with the general
student body. The report also recommended that the Minority Affairs Office
work more closely with student-athletes and that minorities be better represented
throughout the Athletics Department in such positions as coaching, administra-
tion, and academic support. The report was readily accepted and praised on cam-
pus generally and in an editorial
in the Old Gold and Black the
following fall.
Finally, in the area of student
interaction and contentment,
during the summer of 1990 the
University installed 1,600 cable
connections, one in every resi-
dence hall room, so students
could choose from thirty-four
television stations, including
David G. Brown
Robert Beck
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