8 The History of Wake Forest
the University: more financial support to the Law School and addressing difficult
academic and personnel questions were at the top of the list. As a first step, Develop-
ment Officer Julius Corpening (’49), who worked under both Law Dean John Scarlett
and Vice President of Development Bill Joyner, was appointed to address the school’s
critical capital needs.
In December 1983, the Board of Trustees took the following action, as outlined
by Hearn to Robert Caldwell, Chair, Board of Trustees’ Investment Committee, in a
February 10 memo:
The University should move, over a ten-year span, to provide an endowment of
at least $10,000,000 (or its equivalent monetary support), for the School of Law,
drawn from all available resources. [As president] it will be my intention to deal
with this directive through the regular mechanisms of the budget allocation
process rather than by placing restrictions upon endowment. I will make cer-
tain that the academic needs of the School of Law are considered as part of the
regular process of resource allocation leading to the preparation of the budgets.
The needs of the College were comparatively minor. They mainly revolved around
enriching and updating the curriculum. The boldest innovation was adding a Wom-
en’s Studies minor in the fall of 1983. It consisted of an introductory core course,
Humanities 121, and five other courses, at least two in the social sciences and two
in the humanities. Other courses would be distributed among three departments to
produce a total of twenty-four credits. The required introductory course was taught
for the first time in spring semester 1984 by Associate Professor of Art Margaret Sup-
plee Smith and Assistant Professor of Education Linda Nielsen. The minor created
two new courses and drew on other courses.
Another change honored the legacy of those who had contributed substantially
to the University’s good. The annual Wake Forest Dixie Classic Debate Tournament
was renamed in honor of Professor of Speech Communication Franklin R. Shir-
ley, the institution’s first debate coach (1948–1967). During his tenure, the debate
team won the majority of its matches, acquired four national superior ratings, and
advanced to the semi-final round of the National Debate Tournament. While still
teaching, Shirley served two terms as mayor of Winston-Salem.
As an interdisciplinary academic event, the Wake Forest Tocqueville Forum on
Contemporary Public Affairs was supported by the National Endowment for the
Humanities (NEH) as a co-sponsor and organizer of the first of four colloquia held
across the nation in celebration of the U.S. Constitution’s 200th birthday. An array
of speakers arrived on campus the week of April 9, starting with NEH Chair William
Bennett. A number of panels emphasizing scholarly and public dialogue on the Con-
stitution were held thereafter.
Also in early April 1984, the North Carolina Political Science Association con-
vened on campus. Over two days, April 6–7, panels made up of association members
discussed various topics in American, international, and comparative politics; public
administration and public policy; women and the law; and the 1984 elections. Profes-
sor of Political Science Jack Fleer was the event organizer.
To add to the excitement of the time, albeit in a different way, Davis Field
hosted a two-day reenactment of the encampment of eighteenth-century American