6 The History of Wake Forest
The faculty advisory committee met with the trustee search committee early in the
nomination process and again in early May and early June, just before the announce-
ment. It asked to interview the final four candidates: R. Kirby Godsey, President of
Mercer University; Jasper D. Memory Jr., Vice Provost of the graduate school at
North Carolina State University; William E. Hull, pastor of the First Baptist Church
of Shreveport, Louisiana; and Thomas K. Hearn Jr.
The request was not granted because the names of these four candidates were
leaked to the press. There was no time to conduct interviews, and the candidates
could not afford to have their interest in the position known by their current employ-
ers. The faculty advisory committee was made aware of the fourteen applicants whom
the trustees had rejected; overall, eighteen were explored in depth. Because Hearn
was selected overnight after the leak, both faculty and student advisory groups felt
left out and angry.
In his inaugural address, Hearn referred to the 150th anniversary of Wake Forest.
The celebration began with the Sesquicentennial Concert on January 29, 1984. The
Winston-Salem Symphony, featuring Assistant Professor of Music Louis Goldstein
on piano, flute instructor Kathryn Levy, and voice instructor Teresa Radomski as
soloists, premiered a commissioned orchestral work, “Phoenix and Again,” by Assis-
tant Professor of Music Dan Locklair. The free concert was conceived as a way to give
back to the Winston-Salem community for its many years of support.
Members of the LYNKS society carry a banner celebrating Wake Forest’s 150th