368 The History of Wake Forest
The theme for the year was Fostering Dialogue: Civil Discourse in an Academic
Community. The sixth theme year was co-chaired by Claire Hammond (Economics)
and Ed Allen (Mathematics), and the logo was designed by Craig Fansler (Z. Smith
Reynolds Library). It featured two faces in profile with olive branches extending from
their mouths and growing together.
Activities included presentations by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony
Kushner (Angels in America); Steven Brams, game theorist and political analyst; and
Tim Wise, senior advisor at Fisk University’s Race Relations Institute. Michaelle
Browers (Political Science) organized a series of six films on gender, identity, and
social change. The official kick-off event was an agora, or outdoor discussion, on
the Magnolia Court in mid-November. Senior administrators, students, and other
members of the University community discussed the ways that dialogue occurs on
campus. Before the discussion, four senior administrators spent a day shadowing stu-
dents, going to classes, eating with them, and attending student events.
Paul D. Escott, who had served as Dean of the College since 1995, announced in
September 2003 that he would resign as Dean effective June 30, 2004, but remain as
Reynolds Professor of History. Provost Gordon appointed a committee to conduct a
national search for his successor. Chaired by Richard Carmichael (Mathematics), it
included Anne Boyle (Women’s Studies/English), Herman Eure (Biology), George
Graham (Philosophy), Claire Hammond (Economics), Jennifer M. Harris (senior),
Nina Lucas (Dance), Minta McNally (University Advancement/Alumni Activities),
Gordon Melson (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), James Powell (Classical Lan-
guages), and Jack Rejeski (Health and Exercise Science). After a seven-month search,
the committee made its recommendations, and the Provost announced on May 4
that Deborah L. Best (’70, MA ’72) would be the new Dean. A Wake Forest Professor
known internationally for her scholarship on development, she joined the faculty in
1972 and chaired the Psychology Department from 1994 to 2002.
In November, the field hockey team won a second national championship,
defeating Duke 3–1 in Amherst, Massachusetts, and making Wake Forest only the
third school ever to win back-to-back field hockey championships. The Deacons
finished the year 22–1 and won the ACC Tournament for the second straight year.
Head Coach Jennifer Averill (156–84–3) was again named ACC and National Coach
of the Year, and senior Kelly Doton was again National Player of the Year. Six players
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