Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude, Birmingham-Southern College, 1959; Bachelor of Divinity, Baptist Theological Seminary, 1963; Doctor of Philosophy (National Defense Education Act fellow), Vanderbilt University, 1965.
Instructor, Birmingham-Southern College, summers 1964-1965; assistant professor, College William and Mary, 1965-1968; associate professor, College William and Mary, 1968-1974; professor philosophy, U. Alabama, Birmingham, 1974-1983; department chairman philosophy, U. Alabama, Birmingham, 1974-1976; dean School Humanities, U. Alabama, Birmingham, 1976-1978; vice president University College, U. Alabama, Birmingham, 1978-1983; president, Wake Forest U., Winston-Salem, North Carolina, since 1983.
Member American Association of University Professors, Southern Society Philosophy, Psychology (executive council 1974-1977 Jr.award), Society Philosophy Religion (president 1974-1975), American Philosophical Association, David Hume Society, Newcomen Society North America, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.
Married Laura Walter. Children: Thomas K., William Neely, Lindsay.