Chapter Fifteen: 1997–1998 251
1997 until William Wells (’74),
Assistant Director of Student
Aid for Federal Programs at the
University of North Carolina–
Chapel Hill, was selected from a
strong applicant pool to become
permanent director. He accepted
the offer on November 14, 1997,
and started his duties on January
2, 1998.
Two major projects domi-
nated the campus during the
year. One was the 70,000-square-
foot Information Systems building north of Worrell Professional Center, which
would eventually house information systems, a small bookstore, ROTC, ICCEL,
and a cafeteria. Construction began on May 15, and one of its lobbies was dedicated
to AMP, an international communications and cabling products company, which
donated $500,000. On the Magnolia Court between Carswell and Calloway Halls,
an 80,000-square-foot classroom building would house the foreign language depart-
ments and psychology. It was named for William B. Greene Jr. of the Bank of Tennes-
see, who generously donated funds.
After fifty-six years, the Bowman Gray School of Medicine became the Wake For-
est University School of Medicine. The change, announced in October 1997, was one
of a host of nomenclatural and structural changes. Henceforth, the Medical Center
would be known as the
Wake Forest University–
Baptist Medical Center,
and the medical school
campus would be called the
Bowman Gray Campus.
The changes were widely
attributed to a tobacco con-
troversy, but it was more a
matter of unifying Wake
Forest. President Hearn
apologized to Lyons Gray
in an October 13 letter for
the storm surrounding the
naming. Thomas A. Gray
was especially upset, and
on November 7 he wrote
to the President: “Just so
unforgivable as what you
did, is how you did it. Our
family is still reeling from Ed Wilson and Sam Gladding
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