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granted a Master’s of Divinity degree (M.Div), the standard degree for ministers in
the United States.
Leonard’s mission was to make the Divinity School a part of the University,
which meant connecting with the Schools of Law and Medicine and formalizing a
dual-degree agreement with the Counseling program. In addition to teaching, he and
Wade Stokes (Development) were charged with fundraising and received grants from
the Carpenter, Henry Luce, Jesse Ball DuPont, and Cannon foundations. Upon his
arrival, Leonard had to raise $2 million.
The second major story of the year was the October 3 dedication of the
7,200-square-foot Flow Haus, a stately, three-level 1890s home in Vienna, Austria.
The house was a gift from Trustee Vic Flow (’52) and his wife, Roddy. The first four-
teen students to live in the Flow Haus began their studies on August 25 under German
Professor Larry West. They focused on the German language, while taking courses in
medieval literature, art, music, architecture, and theatre.
A third major story was a controversy that erupted in the fall, when the Wake For-
est Baptist Church, an autonomous congregation that met in Wait Chapel, allowed
the University Chaplain, who was a member, to perform a same-sex union ceremony.
Prior to the event, Board of Trustees Chair John Medlin appointed an ad hoc com-
mittee, chaired by Michael G. Queen (’68), pastor of Wilmington’s First Baptist
Church, to study the question. The Trustees noted that the church should decide but
asked that the ceremony not use University facilities. Queen met with church officials
on several occasions, informing them of the request, and President Hearn delivered
a formal message from the Trustees to the church on September 8. The church went
ahead with the ceremony using University facilities.
Two news reporters, Paul Brown and Michelle Johnson, resigned from WFDD in
protest to what they perceived as censorship and an infringement of their first amend-
ment rights when they were asked to limit their coverage of the event to a University news
release containing the full text of a Trustee report. Some faculty were also upset that the
Trustees and administration acted without consulting them and that the Trustees’ word-
ing struck them as discriminatory. At their October meeting, the faculty passed a resolu-
tion calling on the President and Trustees to assure them of academic freedom and to
reaffirm the University’s nondiscrimination policy. Vice President Sandra Boyette, who
was responsible for WFDD, told the University Senate that neither she nor her staff asked
the station to limit its coverage of the Trustee response.
In response, the President appointed an interim advisory committee composed
of Miles Foy (Law), Katy Harriger (Political Science), Michael Hazen (Communica-
tion), Wayne King (Journalism), and Harry Titus (Art) to address editorial concerns
at the station, while an editorial policy was developed for the news staff. At Boyette’s
request, President Hearn later moved responsibility for the station from University
Relations to the Provost’s Office.
On a happier note, the University teamed with the Winston-Salem Convention
and Visitors Bureau in fall 1999 to submit a bid to bring a 2000 presidential debate
to campus. On January 6, 2000, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD)
announced that it had selected Wake Forest to host the second of three debates
on Wednesday, October 11, 2000, at 9 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The other two debates
would be held at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library in Boston and Washington