Counseling professor Sam Gladding, whose dozens of books about counseling are read worldwide, is focused now on a topic very close to home and his heart—Wake Forest University and its history.
Recently, he completed a nine-year project to write “The History of Wake Forest University: Volume 6.” The book tells the story of the University when it was led by Thomas K. Hearn Jr. From 1983 until his retirement in 2005, Hearn served as Wake Forest’s 12th president. He also was the University’s second-longest serving president with 22 years at the helm.
“Wake Forest went from a strong regional, Baptist-affiliated university to a top 30 national, independent institution of higher learning,” according to Gladding, a Wake Forest alumnus who returned to the University in 1990 as assistant to the president for special projects and professor of counseling. He later spent several years as associate provost before focusing all of his efforts at the University on the Department of Counseling.
An opportunity to have the book signed by Gladding is ahead. On April 9, he will be signing on campus at Words Awake 2, a two-day celebration of Wake Forest-associated writers and writing. The signing will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Benson University Center, fourth floor. Also signing books will be Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson, author of “The History of Wake Forest University, Volume V,” which focused on the University between 1967-83, when James Ralph Scales was president.