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Gilliland promoted to vice president for finance

Brandon Gilliland, Vice President for Finance, Wake Forest University, Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

Brandon Gilliland has been promoted to vice president for finance at Wake Forest.

Gilliland has served as the University’s controller since he joined the University’s staff in 2007, with primary responsibilities over accounting and financial reporting, internal controls and financial operations.

His promotion to vice president is in recognition for increased responsibilities he has taken, including leadership over procurement, finance systems, investments and debt management, campus financial services, risk management and staffing multiple Board of Trustees committees such as the Finance, Investment, and Audit & Compliance committees.

“I am grateful for my time at Wake Forest, for the opportunities to increase my contribution toward the University’s mission, for working with so many Wake Foresters committed to the University’s values and future, and for leading a talented Financial Services team,” Gilliland said.  “I am also grateful for the guidance and support (Executive Vice President) Hof Milam has provided to me over the years. He has provided me with many opportunities and has been a great mentor.”

Gilliland added that in Financial Services, the department strives “to deliver highly valued financial and business services benefiting the University’s mission, financial objectives and our community.”

“In my new role, innovative and efficient business solutions will continue to be a high priority with an intense focus to further improve our services,” Gilliland said.

Gilliland formerly was controller at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and worked in various positions at Indian River Community College, Ernst and Young, Oklahoma State University at Tulsa and the City of Tulsa.

He received a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Tulsa and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Northeastern University.

Emergency manager to speak at SAC meeting Nov. 10

August Vernon, Wake Forest’s emergency manager, will speak on disaster and crisis prevention at the Staff Advisory Council meeting on Nov. 10.

The meeting will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s auditorium on the fourth floor.

All staff members are invited to attend the SAC’s monthly meetings.

WakeUnited: Pugel encourages working in harmony for change

This is the fourth of a series of pieces written about Wake Forest community members who are committed to WakeUnited, the United Way campaign at Wake Forest.

Wake Forest President's office chief of staff Mary Pugel, Thursday, January 28, 2016.

As Chief of Staff for President Hatch, Mary Pugel coordinates a lot of moving parts – from organizing meetings with senior administrators to overseeing the staff of the President’s Office. It’s not surprising, then, that she sees her work as a perfect fit with her commitment to United Way, which coordinates community responses to challenges in Forsyth County.

“Wake Forest’s spirit of Pro Humanitate and United Way’s mission are beautifully aligned,” Pugel explains. “Our active commitment to and engagement with our local community is part of the Wake Forest DNA.”

She likes the proactive approach United Way takes in helping the most vulnerable members of the community, “through educational support, improving access to health care and improving the means to financial security – to name a few.” Pugel believes that by addressing such systemic issues, United Way is making tangible, measurable community changes where they are needed the most.

“As a member of the Women’s Leadership Council my annual United Way gift has allowed me to invest in our community with the assurance that my gift is being targeted to our community’s greatest needs,” Pugel says. One of those areas is education – the Council’s goal is to increase the Forsyth County high school graduation rate from a previous low of 71 percent to 90 percent by 2018.

Pugel’s work with United Way is an integral part of her commitment to Wake Forest University and Forsyth County. As she explains, “Support of the United Way campaign seems like a natural and easy fit!”

Mary serves on the 2016 WakeUnited campaign cabinet and notes, “This year we have reached over 80 percent of our goal with three weeks remaining in the campaign. It’s not too late for those members of our campus community who have not yet given, to contribute. We hope everyone will do their part as we raise the remaining $70,000 and help ensure everyone in our community has the opportunity to thrive.”

The 2016 WakeUnited campaign encourages faculty and staff to pledge support for United Way and its critical mission in the community. A personalized pledge link has been sent to your email, or you can make your pledge at unitedway.wfu.edu.

 

WakeUnited: Tang supports engaging the community for change

This is the third of a series of pieces written about Wake Forest community members who are committed to WakeUnited, the United Way campaign at Wake Forest.

Wake Forest faculty and staff headshots, Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Anthony Tang.

As alumni coordinator at Wake Forest, Anthony M. Tang is responsible for the execution of Pro Humanitate initiatives across the country. His involvement in WakeUnited is a natural extension of that desire to help others.

“The United Way focuses on how we can be a part of positive changes in our community and the ways in which we can provide a positive influence for the people of Winston-Salem,” Tang explains.

Since graduating in 2011 with a bachelor of arts in communication, Tang has continued to be involved in the University community. In 2014 he joined the Office of Alumni Engagement, and that same year, he created the Wake Forest Athletic Band Fund to help pay for the band to travel to sporting events.

Tang chose to invest his time in United Way because of its outward focus. “A truly inclusive society begins in our local communities, and the work the United Way is invested in seeks to bring different, unique and dynamic people together to make a positive difference in Winston-Salem.”

Tang sees the partnership between Wake Forest University and United Way as an opportunity to be a catalyst for positive change in the Winston-Salem community. “At Wake Forest, we are focused on making better people. Our desire is to see everyone grow academically, professionally and personally,” Tang says. “These same traits can be applied to the United Way.”

He adds, “This is our opportunity to show Winston-Salem how truly invested we are in the city in which our university is located.”

 The 2016 WakeUnited campaign encourages faculty and staff to pledge support for United Way and its critical mission in the community. A personalized pledge link has been sent to your email, or you can make your pledge at unitedway.wfu.edu.

 

October 2016 faculty and staff milestones

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Staff recognized for milestones, Employees of the Year announced

This is a guest post from Human Resources:

Members of the campus community honored service milestones of more than 250 Wake Forest staff members who were celebrating approximately 2,800 combined years of service. These individuals were recognized at the 16th annual Staff Rewards & Recognition on Tuesday, October 11 at Bridger Field House. Later in the day, a campus-wide reception was open to all faculty and staff in the Green Room of Reynolda Hall.

Staff members celebrating 30 or more years of service included:

  • 30 years: Cathy Chinlund (Advancement), Sherman Hart (Reynolda House), Gale Newport (Benson University Center), Beth Tedford (Z. Smith Reynolds Library)
  • 35 years: Janet Cromer (School of Law), Cindy Davis (Biology), Mike Ford (Campus Life), Dallas Nifong (Facilities & Campus Services)
  • 40 years: Michael Bottoms (University Police), Carrnell Covington (Facilities & Campus Services), Ann Knox (Parking & Transportation)
Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch presents staff member Betsy Chapman with the Employee of the Year plaque on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

President Hatch presents staff member Betsy Chapman with the Employee of the Year plaque

Betsy Chapman, Director of Parent Giving, and Patty Kennedy, Administrative Assistant in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, were also recognized as Employees of the Year. They were nominated by faculty and staff for their contributions in the areas of innovation, integrity, accountability, inclusion, and Pro Humanitate.

Chapman was honored for mentoring students and helping parents feel part of the Wake Forest experience. The Daily Deac blog she authors was cited throughout her award nomination as a highly effective way to connect parents with the campus community. As the nomination reads, “Betsy is a valuable asset to Wake Forest, and her professionalism and genuine love for the university and its students should be commended!”

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch presents staff member Patty Kennedy with the Employee of the Year plaque on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

President Hatch presents staff member Patty Kennedy with the Employee of the Year plaque

Kennedy was recognized for embracing new ideas and serving as a positive role model for new staff members. The award nomination states, “Patty is always thinking of creative ways to deal with problems, with the goal of making positive changes for everyone. She is well aware of the need to serve both the department and the community.” Kennedy has demonstrated this community service through her work with the United Way and Arts Council.

Piscetelli, Williams received Winston Under 40 Leadership Awards

The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce has named Michael Piscetelli, associate athletic director of development, and Matthew Williams, director of communication in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Winston Under 40 Leadership Award winners.

They were among 20 who were presented the award this month at a Winston-Salem event.

According to the Chamber, the winners are “actively influencing the growth, prosperity, and quality of life in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.”

Winston Under 40, started three years ago, is the Chamber group “that’s committed to attracting and retaining young professionals in our community.”

Mary Gerardy to speak at Staff Advisory Council meeting

Mary Gerardy, associate vice president for campus life, will speak on the history of Wake Forest student activism at the Staff Advisory Council meeting Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium.

All staff are invited to attend the meeting, which will conclude by 10:30 a.m.

In addition, Angela Culler, assistant vice president for human resources, will speak on a benefits-related topic.

Staff are encouraged to follow the SAC on social media:

–@WFUSAC on Twitter
–facebook.com/wfusac on Facebook
–wfusac on Instagram.