A Presidential Debate, the Beginning of a
Campaign, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Gift
As blessings—uncertain and undeserved—the rewards of our lives are rendered sacred.
Suffering can teach us, if we are wise, that we live by grace.
Your neighbor is anyone who, on your life’s way, needs your compassion and care.
Each person is your neighbor in the neighborhood that is the world.
Thomas K. Hearn Jr., May 21, 2001;
Charge to the Graduates, Wake Forest University Commencement
t the beginning of the 2000–2001 academic year, Wake Forest had an enroll-
ment of 3,938 undergraduates. Of the 536 women and 499 men in the first-
class, 7 percent were African American and 12 percent overall were
minorities. The University’s graduate programs upped the total enrollment of the
University to 6,235 students: the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences had 577
students; the Babcock Graduate School of Management, 615; the School of Medi-
cine, 442; the School of Law, 477; the Divinity School, 50; and the Allied Health
Program, 136. The student/faculty ratio was an enviable 10.5 to 1, with 348 full-time
undergraduate faculty offering thirty-four majors. Average SAT scores of the enter-
ing students reached a new high, between 1210 and 1390, and in an unusual move,
the University accepted fifty of them for enrollment in January rather than August
because more had enrolled than expected, and there were not enough rooms in the
fall. At $22,410, tuition was also at an all-time high.
For the second consecutive year, Wake Forest ranked twenty-eighth among
national universities and colleges in U.S. News & World Report’s 2001 guide Amer-
ica’s Best Colleges. The guide also ranked Calloway School of Business and Accoun-
tancy twenty-eighth among the nation’s best undergraduate business programs. For
the second year in a row, Calloway students achieved the highest passage rate in the