18 The History of Wake Forest
time, the male/female ratio at Wake Forest was three to two (60 percent men, 40 percent
women). In the summer of 1984, a $2.2 million renovation to the men’s residence halls
started with Poteat and Davis. Remodeling included new prototype suites.
In another action, a plan was made to build an attractive and clearly visible
front entrance to the University, which had been under discussion since the move to
Winston-Salem. The institutional planning committee now recommended building
a brick wall that was 40 feet long, 44 inches high, and flanked on both sides by 4 × 4 ×
10 ft columns at the Silas Creek Parkway entrance (the plan was later modified). In an
almost parallel action, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners acted favorably
on the Silas Creek Parkway extension proposal on January 24, clearing the way for
the North Carolina Board of Transportation to approve funding for engineering and
environmental studies to divert traffic away from the center of campus. In addition to
all of the discussion and plans, the University submitted a proposal for a new physics
building to the Olin Foundation in March 1984.
On the financial front, Wake Forest was featured in the March issue of Money
Magazine as one of the nation’s “Ten Top Colleges at Bargain Prices.” The article
said the University was strong in business, English, history, biology—and basketball.
Among other assets, it mentioned Reynolds Professor Maya Angelou and the four
Reynolds Scholarships available each year.
The trustees set tuition for 1984–1985 at $5,500 for the College and the Graduate
School; $6,150 for the Law School; and $7,150 for the Babcock School. The College
Fund raised a record-setting $1,053,827 in 1983–1984.
Summing Up the Year
The academic year of 1983–1984 was marked by the presidential transition from
James Ralph Scales to Thomas K. Hearn Jr. It was not a radical change for senior uni-
versity officials; a Vice President of Planning, John Anderson, was added and other
top administrators remained. The more significant shift, however, was in the way
that Wake Forest was administered. The casual atmosphere of the Scales years gave
way to more structured, formal processes, and questions about the conduct of the
search for a new president remained.
Corrective measures were taken to strengthen the law school, a women’s studies
minor was created, and plans were drawn up for a new, primarily women’s, residence
hall. Graylyn Conference Center was opened, and the concert shell that had wel-
comed Music at Sunset guests to the estate for eighteen years was removed. The offices
of Dean of Men and Dean of Women were abolished and replaced with an office for
Dean of Students. Restrictive inter-visitation policies were revised and became more
liberal. Student-run WAKE radio debuted, and the University was noted in national
publications for excellent quality at a bargain price.
The men’s basketball program set a record for most wins in a season, includ-
ing an NCAA tournament win over DePaul University and Hall of Fame coach Ray
Meyer. The success of the team boosted the spirits of Deacon fans both on and off
Overall, the University functioned well during the year with honors gleaned by
students, faculty, and administrators. The celebration of the Sesquicentennial and a