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Interim law dean named

Suzanne Reynolds

Suzanne Reynolds

A message from Provost Rogan Kersh

This to affirm that Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) has graciously accepted my request to serve as Interim Dean for the coming academic year.  Ron Wright, similarly graciously, has agreed to replace Suzanne for the year as Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

President Hatch and I wish Dean Morant well as he transitions to his new position in Washington.  We have great confidence in our Law leadership team, under the experienced guidance of Suzanne, and look forward to working with the team–and, indeed, with all of you–to successfully navigate the shifting winds of legal education.

Ron Wright

Ron Wright

As President Hatch indicated in his university-wide note last week, we will launch a national search for Dean Morant’s successor, beginning this September.  My grateful thanks in advance to each of you for your support of this vital endeavor.  And a special note of appreciation to Suzanne and Ron for their willingness to take on these essential interim roles: your support will be all the more valued as we steer a forward course together.

Morant named GWU law dean

dean.morant.300x175President Nathan Hatch sent the following message to faculty, staff and students:

After seven years of exemplary service to Wake Forest University as Dean of the School of Law, Blake D. Morant will become Dean of George Washington University Law School on Sept. 1, 2014.

Under Dean Morant’s leadership, the Wake Forest School of Law has thrived despite the turbulent times legal education and the industry have faced nationally. As Dean since 2007, his tenure has seen a 13-point rise in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings to 31st, the law school’s highest-ever ranking. That rise also represents the highest jump by any law school ranked in the Top 50 in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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Charles Iacovou named Dean of Business

20140527iacovou5493A message from President Nathan O. Hatch.

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Iacovou has accepted my invitation to serve as the next Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Business, effective July 1. Provost Rogan Kersh chaired a national search for a leader of impeccable experience and an appreciation for the power of a well-rounded business education in a collegiate-university setting. Throughout the process, Dr. Iacovou distinguished himself as the best choice for Wake Forest.

Since joining the School of Business’ leadership team in 2007, he has served in a number of senior administrative roles, including Director of the Full-time MBA Program, Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty.  For the past two years, he has served as the School’s Vice Dean.  In this capacity, he has had oversight responsibility for undergraduate, graduate and non-degree programs. He also has been responsible for faculty affairs, academic centers and all administrative and professional staff functions of the school.

Under his leadership, the School of Business faculty and staff formulated a strategic framework for business education at Wake Forest between 2012-13, which is currently being implemented. This followed Dr. Iacovou’s successful efforts to co-lead the integration of the graduate and undergraduate business schools at Wake Forest.

Before joining Wake Forest University in 2001, Dr. Iacovou led an electronic bank, Laiki eBank, in Europe. Additionally, Dr. Iacovou has provided strategic planning, management consulting, and leadership training services to firms in the financial services, international trade, logistics, media and other industries. As Professor of Management, Dr. Iacovou has received numerous teaching and research awards from students, alumni and faculty.

Dr. Iacovou was a faculty member in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University from 1997 to 1999. He received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of British Columbia and his B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont. He completed his undergraduate studies with the support of a scholarship administered by the Cyprus Fulbright Commission.

I am confident Dr. Iacovou will take Wake Forest to the next level as a distinctive and distinguished school of business.  Please join me in congratulating him on his new role.

Gillespie featured on CSPAN’s BookTV

gillespie.300x175Gillespie, author of “Katharine and R. J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South,” was interviewed for CSPAN’s BookTV about her biography of R.J. Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and his wife, Katharine.

The program will air:

  • Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Gillespie talks about the couple’s influence on progressive movements in the South during the early 20th century and Katharine Reynold’s philanthropic pursuits following her husband’s death.

She is Presidential Endowed Professor of Southern History at Wake Forest. Her books include “Free Labor in an Unfree World” and “Southern Society and its Transformations.”

Click here to read more about the book.

Fetrow named provost at University of Richmond

Jacque FetrowDean of the College and Reynolds Professor of Computational Biophysics Jacque Fetrow has been appointed Provost at the University of Richmond.

As Dean since 2009, Fetrow’s tenure has been marked by a strong reaffirmation of the College’s signature tradition of close student-faculty engagement, with support for the URECA Center, development of the Office of Academic Advising, and fundraising to support initiatives led by the Associate Dean for Student-Faculty Academic Initiatives. Her support for Wake Forest’s teacher-scholar model has been integral in U.S. News & World Report’s 11th place ranking for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” this year, as well as the school’s highest-ever ranking among national universities at 23rd.

“Jacque has been a much-valued steady hand at the helm during turbulent times for a liberal arts education nationally,” said President Nathan Hatch. “I have prized her leadership and integrity, as well as her good counsel on all matters affecting the College as well as Wake Forest as a whole.”

Fetrow has been a central figure in Wake Will: the Campaign for Wake Forest, helping to secure over $180 million in gifts and pledges for student scholarships and financial aid, faculty and departmental support including facilities improvements, and strategic initiatives. She also made great strides in aligning the College’s financial and budgeting processes with evolving University systems, and extensively reorganized the structure and management of the Dean’s Office and College more broadly.

“Jacque has been a key partner in virtually every significant issue and initiative arising at Wake Forest since I arrived in 2012,” said Provost Rogan Kersh. “I will greatly miss her creative imagination, her knack for envisioning positive solutions to problems within our budget constraints, and valued friendship.”

Throughout her deanship, Fetrow has sustained an active research program, closely involving both graduate and undergraduate students – including Wake Forest’s 2012 Rhodes Scholar – in her landmark work on protein structures and functions in the drug discovery process. She and colleagues in computer science developed a course that won the Wake Forest Teaching and Learning Center Innovative Teaching Award in 2006.

She currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the Protein Society, and is on the Board of Directors of QuantumBio, an early-stage biotechnology software company. Prior to coming to Wake Forest in 2003, Fetrow served as chief scientific officer and director of GeneFormatics, a biotechnology software company. She also served on the faculties of the Scripps Research Institute and the University at Albany in New York. She earned her Ph.D. in biological chemistry from Pennsylvania State University and her B.S. at Albright College.

At the University of Richmond, she will also hold an appointment as Professor of Chemistry. She will begin her term on July 1.

Senior Associate Deans Rebecca Thomas and Randy Rogan, along with Associate Deans Anne Boyle, Christy Buchanan, David Levy, and José Villalba, will continue to work with Dean Fetrow in leading the College’s regular operations. A search advisory committee will soon be named to begin the process of choosing a successor as Dean of the College.

Davis organizes cleanup of historic cemetery

20101202davis3530On Feb. 22, Wake Forest volunteers and other members of the community worked together to clean Odd Fellows Cemetery at an event organized by David Davis, manager of landscaping services.

Odd Fellows was created in 1911 and served as the only burial site for black residents for years. Since the 1950s, the cemetery has fallen into disrepair.

Davis organized the service project through the North Carolina Branch of the Professional Grounds Management Society. He was inspired by the story of Deltra Bonner, whose aunt’s gravesite was recently rediscovered.

“I felt led to do something,” Davis said.

Volunteers sowed grass, planted 2,500 flower bulbs and cleared away litter. They also worked to remove a tree that fell last June.

James Clyburn, president of the Friends of Odd Fellows Inc., appreciated the volunteers’ efforts. “It’s very exciting to see people to come out and help clean up a cemetery that’s been in disarray for over 30 to 40 years,” he said.

Derrick Boone, associate dean for the Masters of the Arts in Management program at the University, brought his son to the event to teach him the value of service and history. Dedee Johnston, director of the Wake Forest Office of Sustainability, organized students to volunteer at the event. “This is a culturally significant site,” she said. “This is a great opportunity to bring some dignity back to the space.”

Read the full story in the Winston-Salem Journal.

Gladding to deliver Poteat Lecture on arts and mental health

Sam GladdingSamuel Gladding, chair and professor of counseling, will deliver the Hubert McNeill Poteat Lecture and receive the 2014 Poteat Lecture award in recognition of his research and scholarship.

Gladding’s interactive presentation, “Beyond Active Listening: Creativity, the Arts and Positive Mental Health,” will be held on Mon., March 3 at 4 p.m. in the Kulynych Auditorium at the Porter Byrum Welcome Center.

“From the ancient Egyptians to the Elizabethans to now, I’ll be discussing how people throughout history have used creative processes and the arts to promote positive mental health,” Gladding said. He will provide an overview of the latest research on the arts and psychological health, as well as share examples of writers and artists, such as William Styron and Norman Cousins, who have used creativity and humor to “gain and regain health and wellness.”

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Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication

flyer.interculturalcommunicationThe Wake Forest University Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Intercultural Communication Institute will host the first Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication, a four-day professional development conference that will be held at the Wake Forest Charlotte Center in Charlotte from March 12-15.

A limited number of scholarships are available for Wake Forest faculty, staff and students. If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship, please click here to apply.

The Winter Institute is a condensed version of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, which has been hosted by the Intercultural Communication Institute for the past 30 years. The purpose of the Winter Institute is to provide a broad range of educational opportunities regarding intercultural communication to individuals working in various sectors, including education, business, and consulting in both domestic and international contexts.

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Religion professor profiled by American Academy of Religion

nelly.vandornharder.300x175Nelly Van Doorn-Harder, professor of Islamic studies, was featured in the American Academy of Religion (AAR)’s “Religious Studies News.”

Van Doorn-Harder served as the chair of the organization’s program committee for the past three years.  The interview outlines the various new policies and initiatives that were put in place during her tenure.

Van Doorn-Harder is the author of several works on Coptic Christianity and Indonesian Islam, including “The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy: The Egyptian Church and Its Leadership from the Ottoman Period to the Present” (AUC Press, 2011)

The AAR is a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars with about 9,000 members who teach in some 900 colleges, universities, seminaries and schools in North America and abroad.

Van Doorn-Harder has served in the leadership of a number of program units in the AAR. She served as chair of the Study of Islam Section from 2004–2008. She founded and has chaired the Middle Eastern Christianity Group since 2009, and she served on the AAR’s Governance Task Force, which revamped the AAR’s entire governance structure, from 2008–2010.

WFU Habitat for Humanity House Built

habitat.300x175Wake Forest volunteers from the Reynolda Campus and the medical center worked together to build a Habitat for Humanity house in Winston-Salem.

The house was dedicated Jan. 28.

Construction on the house began Aug. 28 with several hundred members of the Wake Forest community — including faculty, staff and students — contributing their time and skills to the project.

The heated, 1,450-square foot house features four bedrooms, a porch and a partial basement.

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