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provide a total of $550,000 to the commission for debate production, and to build
anchor booths and camera platforms in Wait Chapel that would reduce the seat-
ing capacity to about 1,200. President Hearn held a news conference at Graylyn to
announce the awarding of the debate.
Academics
Forty-five new faculty were hired at the start of the academic year, most of whom
replaced faculty who had left or retired. U.S. News & World Report’s 2000 guide to
America’s Best Colleges ranked Wake Forest twenty-eighth on the basis of its small
classes, low student/faculty ratio, high graduation and retention rates, financial
resources, and alumni giving. The Calloway School of Business and Accountancy was
also ranked twenty-eighth among the best undergraduate business programs. Callo-
way students achieved the highest passing rate in the country on the Certified Public
Accountant (CPA) exam—nearly 83 percent compared with the average 24 percent
elsewhere—catapulting Wake Forest into the number one spot in this category, more
than seventeen points ahead of its nearest competitor, the University of Virginia. As a
part of its growth, the Calloway School proposed an undergraduate degree program
in management information systems for implementation in fall 2000. Senior Vice
President Ed Wilson recommended its approval to the President in a September 23
memo.
The University was ranked nineteenth among America’s top fifty most-wired
universities and research institutions, according to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine. The
American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC) and the American Assembly of
Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an international association for manage-
ment education, designated Wake Forest one of six best-practice organizations for its
innovative use of information technology in education.
Faculty recognition
In the Art department, Bernadine Barnes was named the first McCulloch Family Fel-
low. She joined the faculty in 1989, and her area of expertise was Renaissance art.
Charlotte C. Weber, member of the Board of Trustees from 1993–1997, funded the
Charlotte C. Weber Chair of Art, only the second endowed chair for a specific depart-
ment. David M. Lubin, an expert on twentieth-century American art and culture,
joined the Art department as the first Weber Chair. Weber also endowed the Charlotte
C. Weber Faculty Award in Art with a gift of $2.5 million. With David Levy (Music),
David Faber formulated a plan to exhibit student art throughout the year rather
than only once. The Beethoven Gallery in the Scales Fine Arts Center, beside Brendle
Recital Hall, was set aside exclusively for the display of student art.
Margaret Supplee Smith and Winston-Salem writer Emily Herring Wilson
(MA ’62) co-authored a book commissioned by the North Carolina Division of
Archives and History, North Carolina Women: Making History. It described the many
women who influenced North Carolina history. A copy was placed in every middle
school and high school library in the state through a gift from Wachovia Bank. Both
Smith and Candelas Gala (Romance Languages) were named Wake Forest Professors.
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