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David N. Gill (’77) and Diane P. Gill (’77) of Knoxville, Tennessee, established
the Reverend Sumner H. Gill and Mrs. Lois C. Gill Scholarship in the Divinity School.
The full-tuition scholarship was created to honor the life ministry of Sumner and
Lois Gill. James M. and Marilyn Dunn of Winston-Salem gave $100,000 to the Divin-
ity School to establish the Bill and Judith Moyers Scholar Program, which provided
funding for one Divinity School student a year to serve as an intern at the Baptist
Joint Committee on Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. The gift, starting in 2006,
was intended to recognize the contributions of award-winning journalist Bill Moyers
and his wife, Judith, to American public life.
Rocky Mount businessman John E. “Jack” Bishop committed $100,000 through
an estate gift to endow the Jack and Jean Bishop Scholarship, which assists Callo-
way students from the Rocky Mount area with a scouting background. The Reznick
Group, one of the top twenty accounting firms in the nation, pledged $250,000 to
the Calloway accounting program. Scottish Holdings, Inc., pledged $500,000 to the
enterprise risk management program at Calloway School.
Richard Burr (’78), who was running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by
John Edwards, came back to campus to campaign at a rally in Shorty’s. Alan Williams
(’04), a basketball walk-on for both Skip Prosser and Dave Odom, published a tell-all
book, Walk-on: Life from the End of the Bench (New Heights Press). Colin Creel (’96)
signed copies of his book Perspectives: A Spiritual Life Guide for Twentysomethings
(Relevant Books) at the College Bookstore. Liz Richardson (’03), a Peace Corps vol-
unteer in Togo, Africa, won the Vanity Fair essay contest for “My American Home,” in
which she explained U.S. society and culture to the rest of the world.
Summing Up the Year
After twenty-two years, a heart condition, and brain cancer, President Thomas K.
Hearn left his position at Wake Forest on a high note. Thirteen months earlier than
expected, the Honoring the Promise capital campaign had exceeded its $600 mil-
lion goal by $17 million. In addition, during his twenty-two years Hearn had led the
University through its first two national capital campaigns, which brought in over
$1 billion overall, and had substantially built Wake Forest’s infrastructure and
national reputation. In gratitude for Hearn’s long and productive service, the Board
of Trustees voted to name the Quad Hearn Plaza.
As significant as the Hearn administration had been, friends and alumni looked
forward to greeting the thirteenth President, Nathan O. Hatch. He had a sterling aca-
demic and administrative reputation. His work in many capacities at Notre Dame,
especially his ten years as Provost, gave him a wide perspective on higher education
and prepared him to take the helm at Wake Forest. The University had many reasons
to be proud at the end of the 2004–2005 academic year—another Rhodes scholar-
ship, a third straight field hockey national championship, an ACC championship
for men’s soccer, international and local service from Calcutta, India, to nearby Old
Town Elementary School by students, the growth of study abroad, significant devel-
opment of the endowment, and recognition for faculty and staff accomplishments. In
addition, a new altruistic tradition was started by students; Wake ’N Shake and a new
spring dance event, Shag on the Mag, were founded.
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