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It would be announced publicly in the spring of 2001 and run for five years. Joining
Hearn as campaign co-chairs were Victor I. Flow Jr. (’52), William B. Greene (’59), J.
Donald Nichols (’66), A. Alex Sink (’70), C. Jeffrey Young (’72), and Alice K. Horton.
In the previous campaign, more than one hundred scholarships were funded, and
the number of endowed chairs and professorships grew from nineteen to forty-three.
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center surpassed its $100 million goal
($103 million) in its capital campaign, Sustaining the Miracle, the largest in its his-
tory. It began in July 1996 and concluded in June 2001. Funding priorities were creat-
ing centers of excellence in such areas as aging and cancer; endowment support for
faculty, students, and academic programs; and general funding and annual support
for special programs.
Among alumni, Eddie Timanus (’90) of Reston, Virginia, became the first blind
contestant to compete on Jeopardy. He became an undefeated champion after five
wins and took home two cars and nearly $70,000. Law school alumnus Ed Wilson Jr.
ran for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor.
Summing Up the Year
The opening of the School of Divinity in August was a highlight of the year. The
dream that had been nurtured since disaffiliation with the Baptist State Convention
of North Carolina in 1986 was now a reality. It became the University’s sixth major
Another celebration came with the announcement on January 6, 2000, that the
Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) had selected Wake Forest to host the
second of three debates on October 11, 2000, in Wait Chapel. It would be the second
time in twelve years the University had been so honored.
The third major story of the year was the dedication of the Flow Haus in Vienna,
Austria, the third major overseas residential property, and a gift from trustee Vic
Flow (’52) and his wife, Roddy. The first fourteen students arrived in late summer,
and President Hearn joined Peter Csendes, Deputy Chief of the Viennese Archives, to
speak at the October ceremony that officially marked its dedication.
The last significant story of the year involved controversy. The autonomous
Wake Forest Baptist Church conducted a same-sex union ceremony in Wait Cha-
pel, a University facility. Two WFDD news reporters resigned their positions because
they felt they had been prevented from fully covering the story. As a result, oversight
of WFDD was transferred from University Advancement to the Office of the Provost,
and the station drafted a statement on integrity and responsibility.
The baccalaureate service featured author and novelist Reverend Frederick
Buechner, whose book was required reading during the Year of Religion and Ameri-
can Life. The 157th commencement speaker was John Chambers, President and
Chief Executive Officer of Cisco Systems, Inc., a worldwide leader in networking for
the Internet. The combination of theology and technology appeared to be an appro-
priate way to end the year.