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misunderstanding and mistrust result. In the end, this is a matter for which I am
responsible. I believe that our processes are imperfect and we  depend too much
on the use of intermediaries between the faculty and this office.
I am prepared to work for better communication and those improved rela-
tionships which enhance trust. The deans will be arranging opportunities for
me to meet with members of our faculty. I am eager to provide an opportunity
for every faculty member who wants to participate.
I hope these gatherings can be primarily listening sessions for me. I want
to hear from you directly about communication and other issues and to dis-
cover what method or venues you regard as most useful in securing a direct
faculty voice in the administration. When these discussions are concluded,
I will report back to you with a plan to implement the necessary changes we
have identified.
On December 1, Hearn wrote Carole L. Brown, President of the University Senate, to
announce his intention to attend its meetings whenever possible. “This should allow
us to have one regular forum in which faculty leadership and the administration can
confer on a regular basis.”
On January 14, he addressed a large audience of faculty and staff in Pugh Audi-
torium. He was responding to meetings with faculty in the previous semester that
resulted from the widespread complaints voiced during the Wake Forest Baptist
Church/WFDD controversy. Faculty felt they had little input into administrative
decisions and policy formation. Hearn said that the meetings made clear that beneath
last fall’s controversy lay strong feelings about the faculty salary plan and last year’s
pay raises. Some faculty accused the administration of reneging on the goal set forth
in the Plan for the Class of 2000 (now called the Wake Forest Undergraduate Plan) to
boost average faculty salaries at all ranks to a level above the average at comparable
institutions. Although the President noted that salaries for continuing faculty had
risen an average of 5 percent this year, which had been the goal, he acknowledged that
joint-admission institutions had matched or outpaced Wake Forest’s salary increases.
Further, the Trustee decision regarding the use of Wait Chapel for a same-­gender
union ceremony had made it clear that the University needed a general policy on the
use of all campus facilities, not just use of facilities by extramural groups for religious
meetings. The discussion continued through the spring, and appropriate campus
groups were consulted.
In another reaction to the controversy, at the request of Sandra Boyette, Presi-
dent Hearn moved oversight of WFDD from University Relations to the Provost’s
Office. On October 25, he wrote a memo to Vice Presidents and Deans: “Effective
immediately, the supervision of WFDD is being moved to Associate Provost Samuel
Gladding.” On February 4, Gladding sent a letter to the campus community outlining
what was being done in regard to the station, but on February 9, an ad hoc University
Senate committee issued an eighteen-page report on the fall controversy. At a subse-
quent subcommittee meeting, Gladding attested that most of the recommendations
of the report were being implemented, including new staff appointments, a formal
statement supporting WFDD’s editorial integrity, and a newly established advisory
board. Paulette Cott was promoted to News Director, and Bob Workmon to Program
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