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VOL. 2, NO. 12
NORTH CAROLINA WESLEYAN COLLEGE, ROCKY MOUNT, N.C.
FRIDAY, APRIL 24,1987
President
candidate
pays visit
By TOM RIVERS
On April 7, the Presidential
Search Committee presented Dr. Les
lie Gamer, an assistant professor of
business at the University of North
Carolina, to the campus community
as a candidate being considered for
the presidency of North Carolina
Wesleyan College.
Gamer addressed members of the
Wesleyan community in plenary
session in room 105 of the Gravely
Science Building where he said his
main objective in coming to Wes
leyan would be to "build an insti
tution of distinction."
Other goals, he said, are to en
hance faculty strength by raising
salaries, increase the college's endow
ment, increase enrollment, and build
a performing arts complex.
Gamer was bora and raised in
nearby Greenville, where his father
is now mayor. He eamed his masters
degree and his PhD in Public Policy
from Harvard University before be
ginning his teaching career at UNC
as an assistant professor of business.
At UNC, he has been a Morehead
Scholar as well as contributed to
many published works.
Gamer said he likes Wesleyan
and hopes to become a part of it. He
said he hopes to "build community"
and have close contact with faculty,
staff, and students.
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CANDIDATE ON CAMPUS — Dr. Leslie Garner, un
der consideration as a potential President for Wesley
an College, addresses the Wesleyan community dur
ing his recent campus visit.
Committee still searching
Since October 1985 there has
been a presidential search at North
Carolina Wesleyan College. Upon
the resignation of former president
S. Bruce Petteway the search began,
which has brought two candidates to
campus, and has lasted a longer time
than any previous presidential search
at NCWC.
In 1975, Dr. Tom Collins
resigned the president's position as
the college was having financial
difficulties. His resignation was
effective May 1, and the new
president (Petteway) was in office by
mid-August, according to Dr.
Raymond Bauer, Chairman of the
Physical Education Department.
The current search, which began
with Petteway's resignation at
Founders Day in October 1985, has
thus far been unsuccessful in
producing a president for the college.
According to Don Scalf, as
sistant professor of physical edu
cation, the search in 1975 was
looking for an individual to im
mediately get the school out of
financial trouble and Petteway
seemed to be the person to do that.
"What the search committee is
looking for is someone who can
pick up some loose pieces, put them
together, and give us some long-
range stability," said Scalf.
A couple of candidates have
been brought on campus by the
search committee since the search
began, the latest being Dr. Leslie
Gamer, an assistant professor of
business at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Jean Edge, assistant professor of
physical education, said that this
time the committee is looking for
Convocation
recognizes
top students
someone with a good liberal arts
background that wants to upgrade the
quality of the school. She feels the
length of this search may be
attributed to the committee looking
for so many important qualities In
one person.
Bauer stated that the president is
a very vital part of the public
relations of the college and attracting
money for the college. He said he did
not really understand the search
committee taking almost 18 months
to find a person to fill the position.
The search committee is con
tinuing their efforts in the search for
a president at NCWC and according
to Edge, she thinks the committee
needs to have someone in place
before the 1986-87 academic year
ends.
By MELANIE BOLLING
and SHARON EVANS
On Sunday, April 12, North
Carolina Wesleyan held its annual
Honors Convocation in the cafeteria.
The purpose of this convocation is
to recognize the accomplishments of
the outstanding students at Wes
leyan,
Following a prelude by the Wes
leyan Wind Ensemble and an
Invocation by the campus minister.
Dr. Mark Ledbetter, Dr. Stephen
Fritz, acting president of Wesleyan,
welcomed a large, attentive audience
of students, faculty, and parents. An
address was given by long-time
faculty member Dr. Raymond Bauer,
chairman of the Physical Education
Department.
Dr. Marshall Brooks, acting
Dean of Wesleyan, presented the
academic awards Dr. Carleton Mc-
Kita presented the Student Life
Awards.
The following were honored:
Conner Savings and Loan
Biology — Lisa Brumble Griffin
and Andrea S. Smith
Mathematics — Cindy Lou
Bovee
Chemistry — Bonita Yulanda
McClain-Williams
North Carolina Institute of
Chemist's Award — Bonita Yulanda
McClain-Williams
Chemical Rubber Company
Award — Andrea S. Smith
People's Bank Business Admini
stration/Economics Award—Jacque
Baker Winslow
Planter's National Bank and Trust
Company awards for Outstanding
Academic Achievement:
Native — Douglas Lyman
Yearwood
Transfer — Dixie Blume,
Julianne Goodwin, Jacque Baker
Winslow
Helen Merriam Thorp Music
Award — Gay Ann Hendricks
W.C. Reid Band Award —James
Michael Berry
John Paul Jones History Award
— John G. Pridgen
SNCAE Education Award —
Ellen Davis
Criminal Justice Award —
Douglas Lyman Yearwood
Freshman Writing Award
(English) — Carl S. Anderson
Senior English Award — John
G. Pridgen
Politics Award — Jackie Walters
Physical Education Award —
Lori Ann Blackburn
Psychology Award — Douglas
Lyman Yearwood
Religion/Philosophy Award —
Joseph L. Bryant
(Continued on Page 4)
Student Life Dean
gets new position
By SHIRLEY SMITH
Dr. Carleton McKita has resigned
as Dean of Student Life and has been
appointed campus minister by Dr.
Stephen Fritz, acting President of
the college. Dr. McKita says that his
decision to resign was partly based
on the fact that the college is
involved in strategic planning and he
feels that the college should develop
a stronger relationship with the
conference. The conference is "look
ing for ways in which the church can
express its interest in education
through Wesleyan," says McKita.
Dr. McKita feels that he is very
much qualified for the job as campus
minister because it is a job that he’s
been trained for and one that he's
done.
McKita doesn't plan to have any
drastic changes in the way things
have been done religiously on
campus. "Mark Ledbetter has been a
marvelous example as campus mini
ster. He has done a great job here,"
said McKita. "The only difference
will be that I won't have the
teaching lead he had. I feel that a
minister should serve the students."
An ad has been placed in The
Chronicle of Higher Education for
the position of Dean of Student Life
of the North Carolina Wesleyan
College.
The closing date for applicants as
stated in the ad is May 15. Dr. Fritz
says that Wesleyan will have a new
Dean. "Just as soon as possible,
early summer at the latest”
    

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