The Technician referred to Wesley McClure’s two-year administration as "the most significant era to-date in the history of Student Government at State." A member of the University Party, McClure was the leading supporter of the creation of a new Student Government Constitution. In addition to his involvement in Student Government, McClure participated in many University activities including study abroad. During the summer of 1968, McClure worked under an architect in Yorkshire, England where he aided in the design of a commercial and residential center. While abroad, McClure visited British universities and met with local student government leaders. In honor of his academic success, the Blue Key National Honorary Fraternity awarded Wes McClure the Most Outstanding Senior plaque in April 1968. McClure graduated from NC State in 1969 with a degree in architecture.
Student Body President, 1968-1968
Student Body President, 1968-1969
Class of 1968
McClure established the State Affairs Committee. The committee spoke to high school students, civic clubs, and alumni associations about the growth of State’s academics and student life. According to McClure, the formation of the committee was “In answer to a need to inform the public of State’s recent growth.”
Additionally, McClure focused on nurturing the relationship between Student Government and the student body. To support this relationship, Student Government created a suggestion box to poll students about campus improvements.
Throughout his first term, McClure and the Student Senate dedicated time and effort to improving the Student Government Constitution. However, during elections the student body defeated the proposed constitutional changes. McClure was not discouraged. His confidence in the need for a new constitution allowed him to persevere and run for a second presidential term. During reelection McClure spoke of the value of continuity in the office, especially in light of the changes Student Government was facing.
During McClure’s second term as student body president, Student Government continued working on improving the constitution. The new constitution removed the Student Government vice president and secretarial positions and introduced a Student Senate president position. The revised constitution also introduced an Executive Cabinet. In reference to the Student Senate president position, McClure stated that the new office gave “a different kind of influence” to the student body president. 87.5 percent of student voters supported the constitution, ratifying the constitution on March 19, 1969.
McClure cited an increased role of students in University affairs as one of the major accomplishments of Student Government during his second term.
McClure is currently a Fellow of The American Institute of Architects and is co-owner of a Raleigh architecture studio, McClure Hopkins Architects.
Technician (6 October 1967, 5 December 1967, 5 February 1968, 13 March 1968, 20 March 1968, 29 March 1968, 8 April 1968, 22 April 1968, 25 September 1968, 17 February 1969, 21 February 1969, 26 February 1969, 19 March 1969, 21 April 1969, 25 April 1969)