Dean A. W. Hobbs
CONTINUING the portrait series of University deans this month'scover presents Allan Wilson Hobbs, Dean of
the College of Arts and Sciences. Dean Hobbs has taught at
Chapel Hill since 1917 and for nine years has been head of
the University's oldest college.
For 20 years Dean Hobbs has served on the Committee on
Athletics and since 1921 has been chairman of the Athletic
Council. As an undergraduate at Guilford College he teamed
with his brother to compose the battery that made life miserable
for opposing baseball nines in 1904-07.
Teaching rather than athletics became his calling and Dean
Hobb~ followed naturally in the career of his distinguished
father, the late President of Guilford. After graduation at
Guilford he took a second degree at Haverford College and
returned to North Carolina to teach Erst in public schools and
then at Guilford. At intervals he pursued graduate work at
Johns Hopkins, winning his doctorate there in 1917 before
joining the faculty at Chapel Hill as instructor in mathematics.
Here his advancement was rapid. In 1925 he became a full
professor and in 1930 was named Dean of the College of
The next few years were depression times and trying days
for the University. The institution tightened its belt for the
long pull. Its curriculum was given an overhauling to attune it
more closely to student needs. In all this realignment Dean
Hobbs contributed valuable leadership. His regard for high
standards of scholarship and his level headed good judgment
made the reorganization more effective. All the while he
continued to give personal counsel to students in his college.
His understanding of their problems and his interpretation of
their needs are fundamental factors in his apperception of what
a university's all about.
Notes behind the News
ELSEWHERE in thismagazine isabrief story which relates that ten faculty members have been promoted by the
Trustees to be full professors. Behind this news are considera-
tions that lie close to the heart of the University.
Calculation reveals that the ten men just promoted have
been graduated from college on an average of 24.1 years.
The maximum and minl"Inum periods represented are 16 and
40 years. The average man of the ten is approximately 45
years old. Behind him lies a quarter of a century of graduate
study and teaching experience. He has climbed
work and periods of service through the successive ranks of
instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and now is
rewarded with a full professorship. He stands as one out of
many who entered the field of college teaching. His modest
increments and promotions along the
have been encourage-
ll1 his field, to attend conferences and meetings of fellow
scholars to "keep up," and feels that he must keep abreast
current developments to meet the challenge of young minds.
Departmental heads have made recommendations for pro-
motions. The faculty advisory committee has appraised these
recommendations. And finally the administration by ~odest
appropriations for the purpo e has been granted opportunity
by the last Legislature to recommend advancements and promo-
tions to the Trustees.
The Carolina salary scale is low when compared with those
of institutions of similar rank. But the granting of earned
increments and advancements helps the University maintain
the morale of it3 faculty and thus withstand for many teachers
the lure of greater remuneration elsewhere. After all the
quality of its faculty determines the quality of the University.
University at Fayetteville Celebration
TUESDAY, November 21 is University of North Carolina Day at the Fayetteville Celebration. Featured in this
magazine are plans for the significant occasion and a program
for the week of November 19-24.
University alumni will do well to go to Fayetteville on
November 2 I. There, 150 years ago on December II, the
University received its charter from the State Legislature.
There, 150 years ago this month, North Carolina ratified the
Federal Constitution, thereby making itself a member state of
the Federal Union.
Paul Green's play, "The Highlanders," is to be pro-
duced each night during the week in the Opera House. Mr.
Green, whose artistry at Fort Raleigh has captured national
acclaim, has woven into his Fayetteville play the saga of Scotch
settlers of the Cape Fear.
These Highlander people played leading roles in the build-
il!g of North Carolina and the establishment of its institutions.
The pageantry of the events of 150 years ago will be portrayed
by Beverley and Will iam Peery's sketch which is to be presented
on the balcony of the Old Market House the morning of
Tuesday, November 21. A football game in the afternoon
between the freshman teams of Duke and Carolina will give
the day a modern touch. The University Band will be on
hand to parade and help celebrate the day.
Death of Dr. Mangum
THE DEATH of Dr. Charles S. Mangum is reported in the necrology section of this magazine. Dr. Mangum
died September 29. His passing took from the University one
of its best teachers and a man whose career was a PJrt of the
life of the pbce. The charm of his personality and the warmth
of his friendship were qualities widely known outside the
medical classes which he had taught for 43 years. He took an
interest in every phase of student life.
Called to the deanship of the Medical School for a period
of four years, Dr. Mangum helped establish the now thriving
Division of Public Health.
Those whom he taught carry with them happy memories of
"Dr. Charlie" and in the minds of hundreds of University
alumni he epitomizes deep devotion and lasting loyalty to the
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