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Harvey L. Lineberry II was appointed Assistant Director of Human Resources. He
assumed his new duties on March 11. Previously, he had managed the department’s
information system for employment, benefits, and wage/salary administration.
Meda Barnes was promoted to Director of Alumni Outreach. Her new duties
included responsibility for all ninety-one alumni clubs across the country.
Mary Piette Lai was named director of the Charlotte MBA program of the Bab-
cock Graduate School of Management. She was responsible for managing the admis-
sions process and daily operations. She had been an account representative with
Roadway Package System, Inc., in Charlotte and a sales representative with Parke-
Davis in Milwaukee.
Louis R. Morrell, a former consultant to the University, was appointed Vice
President and Treasurer in August. He had held a similar position at Rollins Col-
lege in Winter Park, Florida. Irene A. Comito, Assistant to the Vice President and
Treasurer for the past ten years, was promoted to Assistant Treasurer. Her new duties
included assisting the Treasurer in managing the University’s financial assets with
specific responsibility for the investment of short-term operating funds.
Kimberly S. Griffing (’92) and Wayne Thompson were hired as media rela-
tions officers in the News Bureau. Before taking the position, Griffing was an award-
winning reporter with The Winchester Star in Winchester, Virginia, and Thompson
was a public relations specialist at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine for six years,
during which he won numerous awards.
In summer 1995, President Hearn accepted an appointment from Governor
Hunt to chair a twenty-five-member commission to draft a master plan for North
Carolina public transportation in the next century.
In a health-related event, Chaplain Ed Christman had quadruple bypass surgery.
Wake Forest football fans suffered through one of the worst seasons in Deacon grid-
iron history. The 1995 team’s record was one win and ten defeats. Aside from foot-
ball, 1995–1996 was a successful year; six Wake Forest teams were ranked in the top
25 of their sport in the fall of 1995: women’s golf (5th), men’s golf (9th), women’s
tennis (9th), field hockey (10th), women’s cross-country (13th), and men’s cross-
country (25th).
Despite the basketball team’s success, some tension was reported in the exten-
sion of Coach Dave Odom’s contract. John Feinstein, a Winston-Salem Journal sports
writer, penned a negative column on President Hearn, describing him as playing
“mind games” with Odom. A settlement was reached, however, and a press confer-
ence on April 9, 1996, announced the extension of the contract without providing
details. Odom had compiled a record of 142–72. The President wrote Feinstein on
May 1 inviting him over for lunch and signing the letter “Snobbishly and haughtily
In other basketball news, Tim Duncan decided to return for his senior year. A
consensus All-American and the ACC Player of the Year, Duncan was the unanimous
choice as the outstanding player of the ACC Tournament, and for the second con-
secutive year he was named national Defensive Player of the Year.
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