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

Campbell to name library for Wiggins

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

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, 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.

File photo

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.