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Computer Center Director. He was now responsible for microcomputers, academic
and administrative computing, and telecommunications. Bob Baker was promoted
to Assistant Vice President and Director of Development.
Assistant to the President for Special Projects was a new position created in the
President’s Office. It was designed to help the President with daily and long-range
tasks that he did not have time to address. Hearn chose Sam Gladding (’67, MA
’71), who was teaching at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and although
the two men had not known each other before the appointment, rumor had it
that Gladding was part of what was sometimes called the “Birmingham Mafia”—a
group composed of Hearn, John Anderson, Carolyn Dow, Executive Assistant to
the President, and Tom Gilsenan, Director of Graylyn Conference Center—all of
whom had worked at UAB before coming to Wake Forest. Gladding’s job placed
him in a new office carved out of the Board of Trustees meeting room in the Presi-
dent’s Suite in Reynolda Hall.
In an academic initiative, Provost Brown wrote Hearn on November 1 about
approaching the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation about what he called the
“spires of excellence” initiative. Brown thought the Reynolda Campus should cul-
tivate three or four areas for which it would receive particular notice. He compared
these areas of excellence to the spires on the Wait Chapel steeple.
Jim Ferrell (Human Resources) and Beth Hopkins (Legal Department) studied
sexual harassment on campus, along with the Affirmative Action Committee. A new
Race Relations Commission was set up in August 1990 with Harold Holmes (Student
Services) and Sam Gladding (President’s Office) as Co-Chairs. It was a follow-up to
the 1986–1987 Student Government President’s Select Commission on Race Rela-
tions and the President’s Commission on Race Relations.
Pete Moore Mary Ann Taylor
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