74 The History of Wake Forest
that a committee had been appointed to study
the feasibility of establishing a divinity school.
This committee was chaired by Vice President
John Anderson and included Provost Ed Wilson,
Religion Professors Carlton Mitchell and Charles
Talbert, soon-to-be Vice President Ken Zick, and
Richard Groves, minister of the on-campus Wake
Forest Baptist Church. Associate Vice President Lu
Leake was the staff officer.
Journalism Professor Bynum Shaw (’51) pub-
lished The History of Wake Forest College, Volume
4. It covers the years 1943–1967, including World
War II, the admission of women, the offer by the
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to move the Col-
lege, the end of the Thurman D. Kitchen presi-
dency, and the inauguration and, later, retirement
of Harold Wayland Tribble as president.
Academics
The Opening Convocation speaker on September 8 was Gardner Calvin Taylor,
described by Ebony and the Harvard Divinity School Bulletin as “one of the greatest
preachers in American history.” He was awarded an honorary degree. His spon-
sor was Maya Angelou. In the spring semester, former North Carolina Supreme
Court Chief Justice and alumnus Joseph Branch (’38) was the featured speaker for
the Founders’ Day Convocation. As part of the occasion, faculty were recognized.
Katy Harriger (Political Science) received the Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in
Teaching, and Marcellus Waddill (Mathematics) received the Omicron Delta Kappa
Award for Contributions to Student Life. Three Awards for Excellence in Research
went to Robert Browne (Biology), James Hans (English), and Willie Pearson (Soci-
ology). The Medallion of Merit, the University’s highest honor, was presented
to Richard Myers in the Department of Surgery at the Bowman Gray School of
Medicine.
An ad hoc committee, formed in response to several allegations of sexism, rac-
ism, and sexual abuse in the spring of 1986, issued a report to the faculty and the
University in September on the social and academic responsibilities of students.
The committee was appointed by Provost Wilson and chaired by Margaret Supplee
Smith (Art). After polling undergraduates and faculty, the committee found that,
although Wake Forest is “unusually blessed with a fine group of students,” it “nur-
tures a homogeneous majority culture that does not have much tolerance for dif-
ference, whether that minority culture be black, female, gay, or serious students.” It
went on: “[S]tudents mostly come from affluent, privileged homes and the faculty
and administration are secure and comfortable, perhaps even complacent. If we
want our academic community to be intellectually lively, socially responsible, and
spiritually open, it is up to all of us, trustees and administration, faculty and students
to make it so.”
Bynum Shaw
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