As a Presbyterian, the first non-Methodist president of Emory
Launches a $25 million capital campaign that brings in $35 million
Doubles the size of the faculty and grows the study body by 63 percent
With board chair Henry Bowden, stands by Professor Thomas J. J. Altizer and academic freedom over Time magazine story, "Is God Dead?"
Establishes commissions on the status of women and the status of minorities, launches the university's first affirmative action plan, and creates the Employee Council to give staff a voice in governance
Invites Emory's first African American commencement speaker (Benjamin Mays) and first woman commencement speaker (Rosemary Park)
Oversees construction including a new nursing school building, Woodruff Library, sorority lodges, a new dental school building, a rehabilitation hospital, a new law school building, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building, White Hall, and the chemistry center (later named for him), a new gym at Oxford, and the first buildings of Yerkes