146 The History of Wake Forest
prominence. It was supported by one-time developmental grants totaling $675,000
from the Z. Smith Reynolds and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations. Any student or
faculty member was eligible to draw on its resources.
In an October 24 memo, President Hearn asked Brown and Ken Zick to develop
a policy for academic departments to express clear priorities in purchasing books for
the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. In a November 4 memo, he instructed John Anderson
to “conduct a series of cost efficiency studies” for Reynolda Campus Vice Presidents.
“These efforts well done may prevent our experiencing actual retrenchment in the
In a November 7 letter to Trustees D. Wayne Calloway and William B. Greene,
Hearn stated, “we are freezing non-personnel administrative expenses for the second
time in three years. . . . The primary cost associated with this ‘plus 10 percent’ tuition
increase is a 9 percent increase in faculty compensation.” The effort aimed to raise
average faculty salaries to equal those of “the top quartile of the institutions in our
category as measured by the national American Association of University Professors
rankings. This is an essential step in our efforts to rebuild our faculty as we experience
numerous retirements during this period. . . . We can no longer afford to undercom-
pensate faculty.”
Hearn set up a patent policy committee in May, chaired by Graduate Dean
Melson. An Oversight Committee co-chaired by Rhoda Channing, Director of the Z.
Smith Reynolds Library, and Ernest Wade, Director of Minority Affairs, was formed
in April to administer implementation of the fall 1991 President’s Commission on
Race Relations report, which had made thirty-nine recommendations in seven areas.
In a related event involving student organizations, including Student Government, a
race relations forum was held, featuring Carey Casey, National Director of the Fel-
lowship of Christian Athletes.
In the community, President Hearn became Chair of the Piedmont Triad Devel-
opment Corporation, and Charles Moyer was elected President of the Southern
Finance Association for 1992–1993.
President Hearn responded to numerous letters about deemphasizing football dur-
ing the year by stating that Wake Forest planned to remain in the Atlantic Coast
Conference. The University had spent more than $4 million on football facilities and
improvements over the previous five years and had the same number of coaches and
football scholarships as other Division I schools. Hearn noted that, “outside of foot-
ball, Wake Forest did extremely well in sports.”
Tensions arose between Athletic Director Gene Hooks and Head Football Coach
Bill Dooley when a secret internal investigation, conducted by Hooks to determine
what changes would turn the football program around after three losing seasons,
became public knowledge. In response, President Hearn formed a self-study com-
mittee, tasked to investigate the long-range prospects for Wake Forest sports. Mean-
while, Dooley was asked to serve as Head Coach of the East squad in the East-West
Shrine Football Classic in Palo Alto, and senior defensive tackle Marvin Mitchell was
chosen to play for the East.
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