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primary reasons, according to Vice President John
Anderson, who explained that despite the increase,
tuition was only about 72 percent of the actual cost
of a Wake Forest education. Raises for faculty would
bring Wake Forest salaries closer to those of the top
20 percent of colleges and universities of similar
size. Approximately 65 percent of students required
financial aid, and more funds were needed there, too.
To show that tuition money would be used for these
two main purposes, Anderson set an administrative
austerity program in place to hold costs down.
The 1991–1992 College Fund, directed by Sonja
K. Murray, exceeded its goal of $1.59 million on June
23. The donor base increased by more than 500 alumni
parents and friends. The United Way campus cam-
paign again raised more than $100,000 during the fall
of 1991.
In alumni news, Doyle Early (’65, JD ’67) stepped
down as President of the Alumni Council. He was the
only alumnus to serve two terms. He was succeeded
by Lou Bissette (’65). Penelope Niven (MA ’62) wrote
Carl Sandburg: A Biography, which received superb
reviews.
Summing Up the Year
The 1991–1992 academic year marked the eighth year
that Thomas K. Hearn Jr. had been President of Wake
Forest. He decided to try to “start over” by visiting each academic and administra-
tive department during which “spirited” exchanges were frank, especially with the
faculty, who complained that the administration was too big and too corporate, and
all-too-often ignored their input. While overt and covert acrimony grew during the
fall, it seemed to die down after the President married Laura Walters Stephens in the
spring.
Other activities dominated the campus imagination. The most notable event
was the dedication of the Wilson Wing of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. The six-
story addition, named for Provost Emeritus Edwin Wilson, was officially opened after
Founders’ Day, with an address by Wilson. A trek to the old campus in March, the
dedication of a game room in Benson in honor of Shorty Joyner from the town of
Wake Forest, and a victory over Duke in men’s basketball were also memorable.
Other highlights included a symposium on Esquire editor Harold T. P. Hayes
(’48), the rerouting of city and campus roads to reduce external traffic, the visit of
Coretta Scott King as a guest of Maya Angelou, and the Habitat for Humanity house,
organized by students and built by the campus community. The beauty of the cam-
pus was nationally recognized; a cross-campus shuttle service, the forming of the
Christian a capella group, Chi Rho, the separation of the Departments of Speech
Doyle Early
Penny Niven (MA ’62)
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