178 The History of Wake Forest
Ken Zick, Mary Gerardy (advisor to the new women’s Panhellenic organiza-
tions), and Joanne O’Brien (’84), Director of Foundation Relations, had advised the
societies on a voluntary basis for the past three years, putting in long hours planning
the colonization process and assuaging any residual anxieties. The result was a win-
win for all involved.
Academics
On Saturday, October 2, more than two hundred faculty met to discuss University
priorities at a retreat sponsored by the program planning committee, which Provost
Brown organized in the spring of 1993 to consider the academic direction of Wake
Forest College for the next decade. The retreat lasted nine hours and addressed the
committee’s white paper, released to all faculty on September 15. During the meet-
ing, the teacher-scholar ideal was proposed as the defining philosophy for Wake For-
est faculty, and the twenty-seven needs and opportunities outlined by the committee
were discussed. The committee had asked each academic department about its con-
cerns in a spring 1993 survey. Two ideas were almost immediately eliminated because
of negative feedback: increasing nontenure-track faculty positions and class sizes.
In March 1994, Provost Brown released an interim draft of the planning com-
mittee’s findings to faculty, Student Government, and the Provost’s Student Advi-
sory Committee. The committee was chaired by Brown and was composed of John
Anderson (Administration), Williams Connor (Sociology), Gloria Cooper (Human
Resources), Huw M.L. Davies (Chemistry), Paul Escott (History), Frederick Har-
ris (Babcock), Cheryl Leggon (Sociology), Dale Martin (Business and Accountancy),
Wilson Parker (Law), Teresa Radomski (Music), Paul Ribisl (HSS), Matthews Rush
(Undergraduate Student), Ian Taplin (Sociology), Claudia Thomas (English), and
Robert Upchurch (Graduate Student). The committee held three open forums in
April to discuss the report’s forty recommendations.
In another academic matter that was more universal in scope but applied to
Wake Forest, an amendment to the Age Discrimination Act of 1986 stated that the
1993–1994 academic year would be the last when tenured professors were forced to
retire at seventy years of age. Provost Brown felt that the new option would have little
impact on the University because most faculty retired around that age. In fact, most
of the thirty-five faculty who joined the University in the fall were replacing faculty
who had retired, resigned, or were on leave.
In specific faculty news, two returning faculty in the School of Business and
Accountancy, Umit Akinc and John S. Dinkleberg, became endowed professors.
Akinc received the first Thomas H. Davis Professorship, and Dinkleberg was named
to the first Benson-Pruitt Professorship. In addition, Wayne King was appointed to
teach journalism, filling the shoes of Bynum Shaw, who retired in the spring of 1993
after teaching at Wake Forest since 1965.
Starting on October 13, the Provost’s Office revived the interdepartmental schol-
ars’ breakfasts initiated in 1991–1992 by Julie Cole, Director of Research and Spon-
sored Programs. The breakfasts were hosted by Provost Brown and organized by
Associate Provost Laura Ford (’70). Associate Professor of Chemistry Mark Welker
was the initial speaker. The talks were designed to inform faculty about successful
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