Two new associate deans and one new director join Dean’s Office

The new academic year has begun with two new associate deans and one new director in the Office of the Dean of Students led by Dean and Associate Vice President Adam Goldstein.

Tim Wilkinson joined the Office as associate dean for student engagement. In his role, Wilkinson will work with community members to strengthen support for student leaders, the events they plan and the risks they manage.

Wilkinson came to Wake Forest after a 10-year stint at Lehigh University where he was senior assistant dean of students/director of fraternity and sorority affairs. Recently, the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors announced Wilkinson as one of its 2015 individual award recipients. Annually, the organization recognizes outstanding contributions by its members. The award will be presented to Wilkinson in December.

At Lehigh, Wilkinson’s leadership played a key role with several high-profile initiatives, including:

–Implementation of Lehigh After Dark, a campus-wide effort that increased late night substance-free entertainment options for students

–Development of Courageous Conversations, a workshop that he and a faculty partner frequently facilitated to teach students how to have uncomfortable conversations about race, culture and identity

–Creation of the Greek Inclusion and Diversity Initiative, an effort that introduced historically African-American and Multicultural Greek chapters to Lehigh and resulted in a more diverse and inclusive social Greek experience

Valerie Holmes joined the Office as associate dean for student conduct. Her responsibilities include partnering with students, faculty and staff to facilitate the University’s Student Code of Conduct and develop resources that meaningfully engage students in an exploration of the importance of local citizenship, ethics and integrity.

She joined the Wake Forest staff after serving as interim assistant to the vice president for student affairs/associate dean of students at Indiana State University. She brought 15 years of experience and a broad professional background to her new role, including:

–Service as a student conduct hearing officer at four institutions

–Experience hearing appeals, facilitating policy reviews and developing resources and systems that manage issues related to academic integrity, fraternity and sorority conduct, mental health crises and campus police policy enforcement

–Leadership on initiatives that strengthen a sense of belonging and support for marginalized student populations

Betsy Adams joined the Office as director of fraternity and sorority life. As part of the Student Engagement unit in the Office, she is responsible for overseeing the fraternity and sorority community and is the primary point of contact for Wake Forest’s Greek undergraduate, alumni, parent and international headquarters partners.

She joined Wake Forest’s staff after serving as program coordinator for sorority and fraternity affairs at the University of Florida. At Florida, Adams served as the advisor for the Unified Greek Council and the Panhellenic Council. Previously, she worked with the fraternity and sorority communities at Augusta State and the College of William and Mary, in addition to working at the Alpha Chi Omega sorority headquarters.

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