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The History of Wake Forest University, Volume VI, 1983-2005

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Gladding, Samuel
8/4/16 (issued)
The beginning of what would become the twenty-two-year Hearn administration has been described both ways. Wake Forest University's twelfth president was an unknown outsider to most people in North Carolina, especially to those associated with the institution. Hearn was a forty-five-year-old Vice President at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He was swept into the Wake Forest presidency in a flawed search process with a leak to the press. From the beginning, he had to prove himself a man of all seasons, not just some. The task was challenging. The institution was on the rise. Hearn's predecessors had been visionaries and excellent stewards of the college and the university into which it grew. Faculty and staff were dedicated and caring. Students were smart and engaged. The atmosphere of Pro Humanitate was supported by traditions and generations of graduates who literally invested their lives for the good of society. Modesty and friendliness were part of the fabric of the University. This book does not focus on the man, Thomas K. Hearn Jr., but on Wake Forest University, its people, and its place in the world. As in any story, some characters play a more prominent role than others, and certain events are more notable. Overall, however, the reported challenges, struggles, triumphs, and changes and the people who acted in them affect us now and will influence generations to come. As Gavin Stevens says in William Faulkner's novel Requiem for a Nun (1951), "The past is never dead. It's not even past." The present and future of Wake Forest University will continue to be shaped by what took place from 1983-2005.
The History of Wake Forest University, Volume VI, 1983-2005

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