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Longtime Campbell University President Dies

Posted August 1, 2007

— Norman Adrian Wiggins, who served as president of Campbell University from 1967 until his retirement four years ago, died Wednesday in a Winston-Salem hospital, university officials said.

During his 36 years at Campbell, the school established five professional schools -- the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Pharmacy and the Divinity School -- and he led Campbell College's move to university status in 1979.

The Burlington native served in the Marines in World War II and later earned two bachelor's degrees from Wake Forest College and a master's and a doctorate in law from Columbia University School of Law. He briefly worked with Planters Bank and Trust before teaching law and serving as general counsel at Wake Forest College.

At Campbell, Wiggins launched a nationally recognized trust management degree program and was a pioneer in offering education opportunities to military installations, including Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, New River Air Base and Camp Lejeune, and developing international educational programs. His most notable international venture was the creation of the partnership between Campbell and Tunku Abdul Rahman College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia more than 25 years ago.

Wiggins has served as president of the North Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities and the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities.

He also served as president of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention, the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board and the National Fellowship of Men, and he was named one of the Most Influential Baptist Leaders of the 20th Century by the Biblical Recorder.

Wiggins is survived by his wife, Millie.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business on Campbell's campus. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Turner Auditorium in the D. Rich Building, followed by interment at Buies Creek Cemetery.


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  • NC is my home Aug 2, 2007

    I'm thankful for the atmosphere Dr Wiggins & others at Campbell provided. It's difficult to find a society with openly Christian ideals. Campbell gives you the freedom to find out who your really are in Christ, if you are smart enough to apply yourself to what they have to offer. May God bless Dr Wiggins' family, Rev Dr Wallace & the rest of the Campbell family at this time of loss. Keep the torch lit as JA Campbell would do--1-God, 2-Students & 3-Teaching Discipline.

  • banmewral Aug 2, 2007

    This write up doesn't really do him justice though, it makes no mention of the many thousands of dollars he has put into the school out of his own pocket. He will be missed.

  • wrrgirl Aug 2, 2007

    Wow Darius how sad that you have such bitterness. Why in the world would you go to Campbell if you wanted to live a lifestyle that the University is against (going to bars that is)? Sounds like your mistake, not Dr. Wiggins.

  • banmewral Aug 2, 2007

    God bless and rest in peace.

  • banmewral Aug 2, 2007

    Darius, its persons like you with questionable morals that lead to the destruction of society. Give an inch on morality, and then where do you draw the line?

    Way to be a bigger person and criticise a person when they cannot defend themselves, I guess this really shows what kind of "person" you really are. My best guess would have been you were one of the few with questionable morality that was brought before the conduct court and recieved some sort of punishment.

    It has LONG been known that students often reported other students for being viewed at bars in Raleigh, Gay or otherwise. DRINKING is against the rules at Campbell and students must conduct themselves accordingly when enrolled there. Frequenting bars in Raleigh does not coincide with the Baptist faith and doesn't promote a positive image for the school.

    Anyone who has been to Buies Creek knows this as you cannot purchase any alcohol at the gas stations there.

  • tulips4445 Aug 1, 2007

    I am so glad to hear such wonderful things about Campbell and see so many graduates. My daughter is currently attending Campbell.

  • rogerlwilliams Aug 1, 2007


    CLASS OF 1974

  • Commentor5 Aug 1, 2007

    My husband and I had the opportunity to attend Campbell under the direction of Dr. Wiggins. He was a great leader with a true vision. I will never forget the times that he addressed our student body at each opening convocation and relived the rich history of our alma mater. His smile and friendly nod would greet each student and passerby on campus. Just seeing that this has happened deeply saddens me. This is a very sad day for all. Dr. Wiggins will be greatly missed.

    Class of 93
    ME and LE

  • Gigantopithecus Aug 1, 2007

    His accomplishments were very impressive and am proud of the continued improvement at Campbell that is his legacy. Campbell graduate 1994

  • StrickDaddy Aug 1, 2007

    Rest in peace my brother. You were a great man, and a true friend. Class of 87'.