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he set up the Academic Council. Composed of deans and vice presidents, this Council
met the first Friday of each month in the Board Room of Reynolda Hall.
In personnel matters, Associate Provost Laura Ford, Director of Human Ser-
vices Jim Ferrell, and Director of Planning Ross Griffith prepared an early retirement
study for the Reynolda campus. The study looked at positive ways to allow long-
serving individuals to retire early for any number of reasons. New faculty could be
recruited earlier and resources within a department and the College as a whole could
be redistributed.
Personal Achievements, Promotions, and Recognitions
Thomas P. Gilsenan was appointed on June 30 as the Director and General Manager
of Graylyn Conference Center after Albert P. Ginchereau resigned.
G. William Joyner (’66), Vice President for University Relations, received the
General Baptist Foundation’s annual award for excellence.
One of the most significant promotions was the naming of Julius Corpening
(’49), Director of Development and Estate Planning since 1978, to Assistant Vice
President for Development. This new position reported to Vice President of Uni-
versity Relations Bill Joyner. Bob Mills (’71, MBA ’80) was also appointed to a new
position. From Director of Alumni Activities, he became Assistant Vice President
and Director of Alumni Activities in January 1986. Mike Ford (’72) was promoted to
Associate Dean for Student Development. Replacing Ford as Director of the College
Union was Mary T. Beil, who had previously worked at Hiram College. At the medi-
cal school, Richard Janeway was named Executive Dean and Chief Executive Officer,
and Fairfield Goodale became Dean. Outside the University, Margaret Perry, Univer-
sity Registrar, became editor of SACRO Journal, a new publication of the Southern
Association of Collegiate Registrars.
Athletics
Basketball dominated the early athletic news in 1985–1986 with an unex-
pected announcement: on July 15, Carl Tacy resigned as men’s basketball
coach. In thirteen seasons, he had compiled a record of 222 victories and 149
defeats. He led the ­ Deacons to six postseason tournaments and five 20-win
seasons, including four consecutive 20-win seasons from
1980 to 1984. The suddenness of his resignation sent Athletic
Director Gene Hooks scrambling to assemble a committee to
find a replacement.
On August 3, Bob Staak, Head Coach of Xavier Univer-
sity in Cincinnati since 1979, was named the seventeenth
coach of the Wake Forest men’s basketball program. He was
the sixth new coach in the past fifty-one years and came to
Wake Forest with winning credentials. Unfortunately, the
sudden transition was compounded by numerous player
injuries, and the Deacons had eight wins and twenty-one
losses overall, while their 0–14 record in the ACC was the
Margaret Perry
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