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Campaign Director Jay Davenport: What’s next for Wake Will

Jay Davenport, Assistant Vice President of Development, Wake Forest University, Monday, March 19, 2012.

Jay Davenport is the associate vice president and campaign director for Wake Forest’s Office of University Advancement. Below he addresses some questions about the recent announcement that Wake Will has raised half a billion dollars in total commitments, an important milestone in the campaign that represents more than 83 percent toward the overall goal for the Reynolda Campus.

Q: Wake Will has surpassed the half-billion dollar mark in commitments a full two years ahead of schedule. What kind of impact has Wake Will had at Wake Forest already, and what does this milestone mean for the remainder of the campaign?

A: The Wake Forest community’s response to this campaign has been overwhelmingly positive.

In my experience, it is uncommon to see capital campaigns hit these kinds of milestones as early as Wake Will has raised half a billion dollars. I attribute this remarkable success to our alumni and parents’ genuine interest in Dr. Hatch’s vision for the future of the University, as well as a desire to see our investments in the academic deans’ visions come to life.

The biggest impacts we see today are the direct investment in our faculty, in the academic enterprise, in our student scholarships and student athletes on campus. Gifts through Wake Will are establishing new faculty chairs, new accounts for department funds and our academic endeavors, and we have raised $154 million for existing and new scholarships that benefit students who are on campus today. That is really exciting, and yet we know there’s still much work to be done.

Going forward, our team will emphasize for our alumni, parents and friends the importance of supporting our academic departments and making direct investments to create endowments for those departments. Our department chairs require these kinds of resources to meet professors’ needs and department priorities. Through Wake Will, we intend to invest more than $40 million to endow and support our academic departments through an initiative we’ll be rolling out in the coming months called The Source.

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ZSR faculty and staff news

20090413library8537Staff and faculty of Z. Smith Reynolds Library were recently elected to professional organization offices for terms starting July 2015:

Christian Burris, serials acquisition coordinator, was elected to the executive board of NASIG as a member-at-large for a two-year term.

Carolyn McCallum, non-print resources cataloging librarian, was elected as secretary of the anthropology and sociology Section (ANSS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for a two-year term.

Susan Sharpless Smith, associate dean, was elected to the Board of LITA (The Library and Information Technology Association is a division of American Library Association) as a director-at-large for a three-year term.

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Davis named Wake Forest Law’s academic dean

davisThe School of Law has named Timothy Davis as executive associate dean for academic affairs.  Davis is John W. and Ruth H. Turnage Professor of Law.

“Soon after Tim arrived in 1998, the whole community knew to rely on his good judgment and sound advice,” Dean Suzanne Reynolds says. “His students love him in and outside of class. His strength of character and his steady demeanor will serve him well in this new role.”

For more information, visit the School of Law website.

CEL recognizes Brown as innovative leader

Wake Forest education professor Alan Brown poses in the education department library in Tribble Hall on Monday, March 4, 2013.

The Conference on English Leadership (CEL), a forum for literacy leaders within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), has recognized Alan Brown, assistant professor of English Education, with the Innovative Leadership Award.

Brown will be honored at the Nov. 22 opening session of the 2015 CEL Convention.

The CEL Innovative Leadership Award recognizes an early- or mid-career leader and NCTE member who has shown innovative leadership at the local, regional and/or national level.

Brown is a former high school English teacher and basketball coach who works regularly with secondary and college students as well as middle and high school teachers and coaches to examine critically the culture of sports in schools and society while connecting contemporary literacies with students’ extra-curricular interests. To learn more about his work with various intersections of sports and literacy, particularly through the use of young adult literature, see Brown’s sports literacy blog.

Board of Trustees announces new officers and members

The members of the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest University are pleased to announce its next class of Trustees and Officers, for the term beginning July 1, 2015.

Wake Forest University Trustee Donna Boswell, June 21, 2013.


Dr. Donna A. Boswell (’72, MA ’74) will serve as the Chair of the Board, a historic event for the University, as her election marks the first female to serve in this role. Bobby R. Burchfield and Gerald Roach have been elected Vice Chairs of the Board, and Hof Milam has been elected Treasurer. J. Reid Morgan and Anita M. Conrad will remain Secretary of the Board and Assistant Secretary of the Board, respectively. Each of these officers will serve for the 2015-2016 term.

“Wake Forest has been fortunate to have strong visionaries at the helm of the Board of Trustees. Our new chair, Donna Boswell, is just such a leader,” said Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch. “I am pleased to welcome Donna to the role of chair, for I am confident that her proven integrity, passion for higher education and unparalleled commitment to Wake Forest will continue to serve the Board and our University well.”

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Temporary road closing planned for July 2

A portion of Carroll Weathers Drive will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. July 2, requiring a slight detour for campus drivers. Carroll Weathers Drive runs past the side of Worrell Professional Center, as well as Alumni Hall before crossing Wake Forest Road and continuing past Farrell Hall.

Closed will be the section that runs directly alongside Worrell Professional Center where construction is underway.

Lot W1 and other area parking lots will remain open and accessible.

Construction company workers will be available to direct drivers.

Bright to showcase work in Italy and Scotland

imageOutside of his duties as director of Hanes Gallery, Paul Bright is a practicing artist. He has shown his work in Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Canada and the U.S. This summer, he is presenting two exhibitions. Skin in the Game, which features Bright’s de/collages, along with the digital prints of David Houston, will be shown at the Galleria del Carbone, Ferrara, Italy, from July 11 to August 2. Incantations, a sound collage, will be presented at the chapel at Innerpeffray, Scotland, July 29 – Aug. 2.

The exhibition Skin in the Game will feature about 18 of Bright’s de/collages – collages formed from torn-away sections of posters and re-collaged with other images – paired with printed digital photos of advertising billboards by David Houston — a longtime associate of Bright’s and director of the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University.

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88.5 WFDD receives national award for Triad Arts Weekend

For the second year in a row, 88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest University, has won a Gabriel Award, a national award for excellence in broadcasting presented and created by The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals. The award was created in 1965 “to recognize outstanding artistic achievement in a television or radio program or series which entertains and enriches with a true vision or humanity and a true vision of life.” It is an annual competition.

88.5 WFDD received the Gabriel Award in the category of Arts – National or Local Release for a Triad Arts Weekend episode that covered these stories: an appearance of the Afro-Semitic Experience, a unique New York-based jazz fusion ensemble, in Winston-Salem; FaithAction International House, a Greensboro nonprofit organization that serves and advocates for new immigrants in our region; Diana Greene, who creates multimedia stories that explore identity, place, and memory; and The Healing Blues Project, which works to pair songwriters with people from disenfranchised populations to help those people share their stories through song. The episode aired on December 12, 2014.

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May 2015 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in May 2015:

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Faircloth recognized as ‘Fundraiser of the Year’

Wake Forest University hosts an event to honor Bob McCreary ('61), on his $7.5 million commitment to the Strength and Conditioning program, at Deacon Tower on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

Barry Faircloth, associate athletic director for development, was formally recognized June 16 as the 2015 National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) Fundraiser of the Year.

Faircloth was presented the award at the National Athletic Administrator Convention in Orlando. It had been announced last February that he was the recipient for 2015.

A 1993 Wake Forest graduate, Faircloth is credited by University leaders with transforming fundraising efforts in the Athletics Department, with a focus on major gift fundraising, strict accountability with development staff and the creation of volunteer committees to involve and assist in the development process.

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