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5 Wake Foresters named to list of Triad’s most influential people

hatch.mostinfluential.300x175President Nathan Hatch and four other Wake Forest leaders have been recognized among the “Triad’s Most Influential People.” The Triad Business Journal’s special publication, now in its 10th edition, is devoted to recognizing the importance of the region’s pivotal leaders.

The following have been named to the list:

  • Anthony Atala, Director of Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine; and Chairman, Department of Urology, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • David Carroll, Director of Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials and Professor of Physics
  • Nathan Hatch, President, Wake Forest University
  • John McConnell, CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Eric Tomlinson, Chief Innovation Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and President, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

The Triad Business Journal chooses individuals who have made leadership — in their organization and in their community — a priority. Leaders on this list have given sacrificially of their time, talents and resources to make a difference in this region.

Redefining the Wake Forest MBA

Farrell.Hall.300x175A message from Dean of the School of Business Charles Iacovou and President Nathan O. Hatch

This morning, the Wake Forest University School of Business announced it is refocusing how its MBA program is delivered based on the changing needs of the market. We determined that the best value for Wake Forest’s employer partners and students are programs that focus on professional development without interrupting careers. Current data shows that more students prefer flexibly delivered programs that allow them to continue working, enrolling at twice the rate as traditional daytime MBA programs.

In the past five years, Wake Forest has experienced double and triple-digit growth in its MBA programs for working professionals and its pre-experience graduate programs. To allow Wake Forest to focus on emerging opportunities and continue to expand its successful and flexible MBA, the School announced today that it will no longer offer incoming students admission to a traditional daytime MBA program.

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A message from President Nathan Hatch

A message from President Nathan Hatch to the Wake Forest Community.

Last February, Melvin Washington (’14) delivered a senior oration titled, “Who is Wake Forest?” During Melvin’s provocative remarks about the power of diversity he said, “I walk past the same majestic chapel, wait in the same long lines at Subway, take some of the same classes, and in May I’ll cross the same stage, but our Wake Forests are different. Our Wake Forests are different because our experiences are different. Our experiences are different because we’re all different people. However, there is beauty in that difference and its intersections where we all consider ourselves Deacs.”

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Welcome to a new semester

WFU.band.300x175A message to students, faculty and staff from President Nathan Hatch.

Welcome to a new semester at Wake Forest. Whether you are embarking on your first experience on campus or you’re a familiar face on these grounds, we all approach this beginning with anticipation and uncovered potential. Together, we have the capacity to pursue new intellectual discoveries, create extraordinary relationships and seek to live as a community that cherishes innovation, virtue and civility.

This summer, I have been struck anew at the baffling complexity of our world. One book that I read underscored this reality: My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit. A distinguished Israeli journalist, Shavit has lived a most interesting life, serving dutifully in the Israeli military and later as a peace activist.

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Hatch elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

nathan.hatch.300x175The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has elected Nathan Hatch, president of Wake Forest University, among its newest members.

One of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the Academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts and education.

“It is a privilege to honor these men and women for their extraordinary individual accomplishments,” said Don Randel, chair of the Academy’s board of directors. “The knowledge and expertise of our members give the Academy a unique capacity – and responsibility – to provide practical policy solutions to the pressing challenges of the day. We look forward to engaging our new members in this work.”

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A message from President Nathan Hatch

A message from President Nathan Hatch to the Wake Forest Community.

Yesterday, after the announcement that Jeff Bzdelik had resigned as Wake Forest’s head basketball coach, some members of our community took it upon themselves to roll the Quad. Rolling the Quad, as every Wake Forester knows, is a tradition celebrating competitive success.

Aaron Rountree III, a Wake Forest sophomore on the basketball team tweeted, “Rolling The Quad should be reserved for glorifying the success of Wake Forest University, not for the disrespect of another human being.” I could not say it better.

Civility is a hallmark of our community, and I am disappointed that yesterday’s misplaced passion did not accurately portray our values to the country. Dozens of people came out this afternoon to clean the Quad and for that I am grateful.

Sincerely,

Nathan O. Hatch

CARE Team, a vital campus resource

CARE Team Logo (1)The following is a message from President Nathan Hatch:

Dear Wake Forest Faculty and Staff,

At Wake Forest University our Campus Assessment, Response and Evaluation (CARE) Team is a vital resource, available to all of us.  The CARE Team is here to help when you are worried about a student, colleague or anyone who is connected with our campus.  Knowing more about the role of this important resource is an good way to help support the wellbeing of all members of our campus community.

Our CARE Team assesses, responds to and provides ongoing evaluation of disruptive, troubling or threatening behaviors brought to the attention of the team.  Another of the team’s roles is to connect people in need of help with support services.  As a result of these connections, individuals are more likely to find themselves feeling better about their work and relationships, and more aware of the resources available to them.

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Sports performance center FAQ

sports.performance.center.renderingA $7.5 million gift in support of the Wake Forest Football program from alumnus Bob McCreary (’61) adds momentum to Wake Forest Athletics’ plans to move forward with a 95,000-square-foot sports performance center.

Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch and Director of Athletics Ron Wellman made the announcement when publicly celebrating McCreary’s longtime philanthropy, which includes more than $15 million in lifetime commitments, at last night’s men’s basketball game.

Q: What do plans for the sports performance center entail?
A: Designed to meet the training needs of more than 350 student-athletes who compete in 18 sports, the four-story sports performance center will be located behind Miller Athletic Center on the Reynolda Campus. The new building will serve as the home for the football program, while featuring a robust strength and conditioning facility that enables multiple athletes in different sports to work out simultaneously, improving upon the current Bob McCreary Strength Complex in Manchester Athletic Center. Additionally, the facility will include space for football coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms and other areas designed to enhance recruiting efforts. There will also be space dedicated to enhancing the nutrition program for all Wake Forest student-athletes with convenient access to nutritional resources and grab-and-go food options.

Wellman said, “Our plans will provide a state-of-the-art space for our sports performance staff to improve every aspect of student-athlete recruitment, competitiveness and overall wellbeing.”

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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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Statement on ASA boycott of Israel

On Jan. 2, President Nathan O. Hatch publicly spoke out against the American Studies Association’s academic boycott of Israel. His comments originally appeared on the Legal Insurrection blog, where Cornell law professor William Jacobson shared similar statements from dozens of presidents, provosts and professors from across the nation.

“Wake Forest University does not support an academic boycott of Israel or any similar measure that limits academic freedom,” Hatch said.