250 The History of Wake Forest
was in session from August 24 to December 19. Gerardy printed a new Book of Days
for the spring semester.
Frederick Buechner’s The Sacred Journey was chosen as required reading for
first-year students. The News Service hosted a conference for religion reporters in
coordination with Poynter Institute of Florida. Bill Leonard (Divinity) and Charles
Kimball (Religion) co-chaired the year and its activities.
The University’s upper administration experienced losses, gains, and tempo-
rary replacements. In a press conference on November 21, Provost David G. Brown
announced that, having served as Provost for seven years, he was taking on a new
challenge. Starting July 1, he would become Vice President and Dean of the Interna-
tional Center for Computer-Enhanced Learning (ICCEL), a joint initiative by Wake
Forest and IBM to promote effective use of technology in academia. The center would
sponsor a number of programs as well as custom briefing and consulting services to
other educational institutions on both the technological and pedagogical aspects of
educational technologies.
Instead of searching for a new Provost immediately, President Hearn announced
that Brown’s duties would be split. Ed Wilson, Wake Forest’s only provost up to
Brown’s appointment, became Senior Vice President, charged with academic admin-
istration of the college, the Law School, the Calloway School of Business, the Babcock
School of Management, the Graduate School, and the fledgling Divinity School. Sam
Gladding, who had been Assistant to the President for Special Projects since 1990,
become Associate Provost and would oversee the academic support offices, specifi-
cally Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Research and Sponsored Programs,
Institutional Research, the Registrar, the Secrest Artists Series, and International
Studies, in cooperation with Dean of the College Paul Escott. Wilson and Gladding
were to work together as necessary. They served on the President’s cabinet but did not
report to each other.
Wilson’s Responsibilities Gladding’s Responsibilities
Academics Academic Support
Wake Forest College Undergraduate Admissions
Law School Financial Aid
Calloway School of Business & Accountancy Research & Sponsored Programs
Babcock Graduate School of Management Institutional Research
Graduate School Registrar
Divinity School Secrest Artists Series
International Studies (with Dean
Prior to the new Provost’s office arrangement, Steve Brooks, Director of Financial
Aid, resigned to become Executive Director of the North Carolina State Education
Assistance Authority. He was replaced by Tom Phillips (’74) during the summer of
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