38 The History of Wake Forest
first year was given. It read: “Judging from the present as we must, we think Hearn’s
first year as president will go down in Wake Forest history as an outstanding one in
which a slumbering giant awoke and took great steps toward realizing its full poten-
tial.” Future plans would focus on increasing diversity in the student body, deal-
ing with the Baptist State Convention, and making the University more financially
secure, but in 1984 and 1985 only faint hints of those directions were present.