Chapter Twenty: 2002–2003 365
The twenty members of the first graduating class
of the Divinity School established an endowed fund to
provide scholarships for future students. Each mem-
ber of the Class of 2002 agreed to contribute to the
Inaugural Class Scholarship Fund for five years. Sylva
Billue pledged $20,000 to establish the Phyllis Trible
lecture series, named in honor of the University Pro-
fessor of Biblical Studies, who was one of the Divinity
School’s first faculty members.
Glenn Orr received the Pro Humanitate Award
in recognition of his exemplary leadership and service
to the University. The L. Glenn Orr Professorship in
Banking and Financial Services at the Babcock Gradu-
ate School of Management was also established. Frank
Holding (’52, LLD ’09) and Howard Twiggs received the Distinguished Alumni
Awards during President’s Weekend.
Best-selling author Davis Bunn (’74) returned to campus to speak in Wait Cha-
pel on February 20, sponsored by the Pro Humanitate Center, Campus Ministry, and
the Divinity School. Attracting both religious and secular readers, his novels address
Christian moral values.
Bob Ehrlich (JD ’82) became the first Republican governor of Maryland since
Spiro Agnew.
Summing Up the Year
The big news for 2002–2003 was the new Provost, William Gordon (’68, MA ’70).
The search had taken two years. Thus, the chief academic duties of the University
had been split for four years between Ed Wilson and Sam Gladding. Gordon had
been President of the University of New Mexico, and he had a stellar background of
administrative experience, having served at all levels within the academy.
In other good news, the field hockey team under Head Coach Jennifer Aver-
ill won the ACC Championship, defeating Maryland 4–0, and then won the NCAA
Championship, defeating Penn State 2–0. It was the first national championship for a
Wake Forest team since 1986, when the men’s golf team captured the title, and it was
the first national championship for a Wake Forest women’s team.
The Medical School celebrated its centennial year with the theme, “The Legacy
of Yesterday, the Promise of Tomorrow.” Craig Venter, pioneer and pacesetter in
the race to decode the human genome, was the opening convocation speaker for the
occasion. Although the whole University adopted the theme, the Year of Health and
Medicine, most events associated with it were held at the Medical School.
On a somber note, a Day of Remembrance was held on the Reynolda Campus to
commemorate the one-year anniversary of September 11. The upper quad was deco-
rated with flags of all the nations that lost citizens during the terrorist attacks. Students,
faculty, and staff took turns reading aloud the names of the more than three thousand
victims on the steps of Wait Chapel. The day ended with an interfaith worship ser-
vice to commemorate the events of the day as a candlelight vigil encircled the Quad.
The 159th graduation speaker was Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York City.
Glenn Orr
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