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Assistant Director of Development
while retaining his previous title as
Director of Corporate Relations.
James Bullock (’85) was promoted
from Assistant Director of Alumni
Activities to Law Development Offi-
cer. Allen H. (Chip) Patterson (’72)
joined the Wake Forest development
office as Director of Planned Giving,
and James G. (Jim) Welsh Jr. (’87)
became the new Assistant Director
of Alumni Activities.
Dennis Gregory, a graduate
of the University of Virginia, was
appointed Director of Residence
Life and Housing, replacing Ed Cunnings, who resigned. Gregory was the first person
to hold this position since the two offices were combined on July  1, 1986.
The administration continued to be focused on planning. On July 2, Presi-
dent Hearn sent a memo to Provost Wilson, stating that he “would like to have
an outline of our faculty recruitment plans for the coming year as best we can
project them.” Later that month, he sent a second memo requesting the involve-
ment of the Provost and Vice President Joyner in “the planning of meetings of the
professional schools’ Board of Visitors, alumni conferences, and other activities.”
In addition to these requests, the President met with the faculty on September 30
in Brendle Recital Hall to report on the state of the University and the progress to
date in the long-range planning process. Both in his private memos and at public
meetings, Hearn was diligent in fulfilling his promise to the trustees that he would
plan for the future of Wake Forest.
Hearn also sought to honor the University’s history. He wrote Vice President
Joyner on January 19 about having a portrait of James Ralph Scales painted by an
artist of national reputation. He estimated that “it will cost between $25,000 and
$30,000.” However, instead of taking the money out of tuition dollars or a contin-
gency fund, he instructed Joyner to try to find a donor “who might not otherwise be
a candidate for gifts to WFU.” A year later, the portrait hung with previous portraits
of Wake Forest presidents in the second-floor corridor of Reynolda Hall, near the
administrative offices of the President and Vice President.
Athletics
Football, basketball, women’s cross-country, and field hockey dominated athletics
news for the year. Contract extension negotiations between the University and Head
Football Coach Al Groh broke down during the late fall and early winter months of
1986. As a result, Groh left Wake Forest. After six years, his overall record against all
opponents was 26 wins and 40 losses (.394) with a record against ACC schools of
wins and 30 losses (.211). As Hearn explained in a January 21 letter to Jack K. Miller
of Winston-Salem, “the pressing point from the University’s perspective . . . was our
Billy Hamilton
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