Campbell to name library for Wiggins
    August 11 2010 by Campbell University

    BUIES CREEK — Campbell University will name its new library the Wiggins Memorial Library in memory of former president Norman Adrian Wiggins and in honor of his wife Mildred Harmon Wiggins.

    Wiggins, Campbell’s third president, died in 2007, leaving a legacy of accomplishments which includes the establishment of the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in the building where the new library is located. The law school relocated to Raleigh in 2009.

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    Norman Adrian Wiggins and his wife Mildred Harmon Wiggins in 1987.

    “It is indeed a great honor for the library to be named after one of the most outstanding leaders in the history of Campbell University and his wife,” said Library Director Borree Kwok. “The newly positioned and significantly enhanced library reflects the Wiggins’ passion and vision for education, providing a dynamic learning environment for students, and serving as the center of the university’s intellectual life.”  

    The library, which also occupies part of Kivett Hall, contains 59,000 square feet and over 241,000 books, journals and government documents, a wireless network of over 110 computers and approximately 1 million microforms. It also contains a vast inventory of audio/visual materials such as CDs, DVDs, VHS, audio books and teaching aid materials.

    Norman Wiggins was president of Campbell University from 1967-2003. During those decades, he led the school to university status, and, by 2001, Campbell had a thriving four-year undergraduate liberal arts program as well as five professional schools: the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the School of Education and the Campbell Divinity School. In addition, Wiggins established the award-winning Army ROTC program in 1971 that grew to include three other campuses — Fayetteville State University, Methodist University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Campbell also established satellite campuses at Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, Camp Lejeune, Research Triangle Park in Raleigh and a degree program in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during Wiggins’ tenure.

    Wiggins was president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina from 1984-85 and as one of the founders of the state Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, he helped secure public tuition grants for North Carolina students.

    Mildred “Millie” Harmon Wiggins defined the role of First Lady of Campbell University, working quietly behind the scenes to support her husband and the Campbell mission. A member of Campbell’s class of 1948, Millie Wiggins is a native of Coats and a graduate of Campbell College, Wake Forest College and Columbia University. Mrs. Wiggins taught in the Rocky Mount and Winston-Salem public school systems.
    8/11/2010 5:39:00 AM by Campbell University | with 1 comments

Gene Scarborough
The heart of any instituion of higher learning is its library resources. I was fortunate to have attended and graduated Emory University. From the Candler Library to the Theological School Library to the Medical School Library, I has access to all the research materials--all totally current--that a student could wish. I saw a distinct difference at SEBTS when I attended in 1967-70. I think they have corrected many things since.

Sadly, too many so called Universities or Graduate Schools (Seminaries) only have research which has been put into book form. This is a 10-20 year process and makes such things outdated as the student uses them for research.

Norman Wiggins, in my opinion, has had a pivotal role in changing Campbell from a school which took student failing to get into the really good ones into a "really good one!"

I have had the priviledge through my membership at Lakeside Baptist Church in Rocky Mount to have met several Trustees he enlisted to help in the process. Although I don't know Norman personally, his helpers cannot say enough about his leadership skills and the way he knew how to work with people! His successors continue in the same fine tradition.

I cannot do anything but applaude the wisdom of naming the Library after him. It is so well deserved. I wish him well in his retirement. I wish the school well as it continues to excel---and bring honor to us NC Baptists who established it.

[b]Go Camels!!!!![/b]
8/11/2010 9:19:38 PM

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