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would indicate Wake Forest’s genuine desire to foster the best of Baptist tradi-
tion and to educate the finest of Baptist students.
In the fall of 1986, the Graduate Council approved a new degree, the Master of Arts
in Liberal Studies (MALS). Nancy Cotton, a professor in the English department,
was selected to direct the initiative. With her broad liberal arts interests and knowl-
edge of the University, Cotton was ideally suited to cultivate a cross-disciplinary
faculty and to recruit students to pursue the degree. The Old Gold and Black edi-
torialized that it would attract older students and help reduce the homogeneity of
the student body.
In another important degree-related initiative, the Babcock School of Man-
agement was authorized to offer an evening MBA program. John Anderson was
responsible for supervising the renovations of Amos Cottage on the Graylyn Estate
for this program with the aim of maximizing space gains by this expenditure.
Administrators hoped that an evening program would attract nontraditional stu-
dents who had several years’ work experience but would be more likely to hold
professional positions than positions in general management. Rather than manag-
ers and executives per se, the target student base would be lawyers, accountants,
actuaries, art directors, designers, journalists, even medical doctors. Students
would have to take nine core courses that corresponded to the common body of
knowledge prescribed by the national accrediting body and choose three electives
in marketing, finance, human resource management, or operations, which would
constitute their individual concentration. They were also required to take two elec-
tives outside the area of concentration.
While offered off campus, the program would bring in tuition dollars and, hope-
fully, other kinds of support for the University from those earning their MBA degrees.
The program would also enhance Wake Forest’s connection to local businesses. The
program was launched in January 1987, with Business Professor Peter Peacock as
director. Amos Cottage was renamed Management House.
At their September 15 meeting, college faculty overwhelmingly approved estab-
lishment of a major in computer science to begin in the spring semester. At the
November meeting, faculty approved a minor in Russian and, in February, a new
twenty-credit-hour minor in international studies.
On Founders’ Day in February, Alumni Association President Earle A. Connelly
(’48) announced the creation of the Alumni Scholarship Program. The amount of
the award was not specified, but the scholarships were to be supported by the Col-
lege Fund. The initial scholarships would go to first-year students entering in fall of
1988, with an eventual goal of providing eighty such awards annually, or twenty per
class. In a related initiative on the faculty side, Paul H. Broyhill announced that the
Broyhill Family Foundation was establishing the Broyhill Chair of Leadership and
Management Development at the Babcock Graduate School of Management, with an
endowment exceeding $1 million.
A number of faculty members received awards and accolades in addition to those
just mentioned. Teresa Radomski, soprano in the Department of Music, appeared
with guitarist John Patykula in a recital of Spanish music in June 1987 at the Weill
Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.
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