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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 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.


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 $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.

President Hatch leads NCAA reform conversation

nathan.hatch.basketballPresident Nathan O. Hatch is leading the conversation about NCAA governance reform efforts, a focal point of the NCAA annual convention in San Diego this week.

Hatch, the Division I Board Chair, told Associated Press sports writer Mike Marot on Jan. 15 that he wants to see the NCAA become more strategic, to give more autonomy to some of the most powerful conferences and to give athletic directors a stronger voice in decision-making.

“There are huge issues that face the NCAA — what’s the nature of amateurism, what’s the nature of injuries, what do you do when there’s a strong critique that it’s all about the money, what do you do to preserve academic integrity? That’s what the board should be dealing with,” Hatch told the AP in a story that ran in news outlets nationwide.

He also outlined his thoughts for “Streamlining the NCAA” in an op-ed published in the U-T San Diego over the weekend.

…[M]ost importantly, the board must become more of a champion for the core values that enliven the NCAA. College athletics, like American politics, can, at times, seem all about the money. Fully aware of these pressures, the board must reassert the core responsibility of its member institutions to student-athlete well-being and serious academic purpose,” he wrote.