236 The History of Wake Forest
Music by Dan Locklair, com-
poser-in-residence, “Ere long we
shall see. . . ,” premiered at the
1996 Centennial Convention of
the American Guild of Organ-
ists (AGO) in New York City on
July 9. Archie (A. R.) Ammons
(’49), poet-in-residence for the
spring semester and a National
Book Award winner, taught an
advanced poetry workshop for
undergraduates and gave several
readings.
Beginning July 1, four professors with long and distinguished records of teaching
and scholarship became Wake Forest Professors, endowed positions supported by a
gift from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation: John Baxley (Mathematics), Deborah
Best (Psychology), Willie Pearson Jr. (Sociology), and W. Jack Rejeski Jr. (Health
and Exercise Science). Michael J. Hyde was named University Distinguished Chair in
Communication Ethics and Professor of Communication. Earl Smith, who had been
Dean of Social Sciences at Pacific Lutheran University, was named Rubin Professor
of American Ethnic Studies.
At the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy, Professor Umit Akinc was
appointed Thomas H. Davis Chair in October in recognition of his academic contri-
butions to the field. In November, Associate Professor J. Kline Harrison was awarded
the Benson-Pruitt Professorship for a three-year term in recognition of his outstand-
ing scholarly contributions linking business education with the latest practices and
controversies, and Assistant Professor G. Page West III was awarded the 1996–1997 T.
B. Rose Fellowship in Business on the basis of his innovative teaching—for example,
his in-class use of the Business Strategy Game. Dale R. Martin, coordinator of the
accounting program, was awarded the Price Waterhouse Professorship for Academic
Excellence.
Susan Borwick (Music) became Director of the Women’s Studies Program, suc-
ceeding Mary DeShazer (English) in January 1997. DeShazer founded the program
and had served as its Director for ten years.
John Pickel, an accomplished digital artist and photographer, joined the Depart-
ment of Art.
Administration and Staff
Bill Joyner, Vice President for University Relations for twenty-seven years, took early
retirement in September. During his tenure, Wake Forest raised more than $475 mil-
lion in charitable contributions. Gifts to the Reynolda Campus schools grew from
$3.4 million in 1970 to a record $25 million in 1995–1996. In addition, alumni giving
increased from 17 percent to 45 percent, one of the highest figures for any private
university in the country. Joyner graduated from Wake Forest in 1966, returned as
Director of Alumni Affairs in 1969, was named Vice President for Development in
Christy Buchanan
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