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to affect.” He was determined to become a student again, learning what the University
was and what it needed.
He was most concerned about leadership and planning and that the University
stay in touch with its heritage. “What I need is to let the community talk to me about
its problems and opportunities so that I will be able to better understand what my
priorities and those of the University should be in this next period.” To become more
in touch with faculty and staff, he visited every department and school on the Reyn-
olda Campus, including the Department of Athletics and Reynolda Village, as well as
the Bowman Gray School of Medicine.
The visits were not always pleasant. The President got an earful of complaints and
wishes. Several professors expressed the view that their ranks were being neglected
while the administration grew. An Old Gold and Black article reported that the num-
ber of director-level positions in the undergraduate administration had almost dou-
bled over the past ten years, while undergraduate faculty positions had increased just
25 percent, and the student body, 11 percent. According to the 1981–1982 College
Bulletin, seventy-three executives worked for the administration in 1981, ten of them
also faculty. In fall 1991, 134 people held positions of director or above; seventeen of
them were faculty. The Departments of Student Life/Services, Planning and Admin-
istration, Admissions and Financial Aid, Public Affairs, and University Relations/
Development had seen the largest growth.
Donald Schoonmaker (’60, Political Science) expressed concern that Wake ­
Forest was becoming too corporate, turning into a small research university where
teaching had less value. His argument and the focus on the growth of the administra-
tion was countered by Controller Carlos Holder, who noted that in both 1981 and
1991, about 2 percent of the budget was allocated for administration salaries.
Nevertheless, Hearn realized he was seen as aloof at times. Those who felt disen-
franchised had seized on events of the last academic year, particularly his divorce, and
spread outrageous rumors about his personal life. The President had to reestablish
Tom and Laura Hearn
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