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Tim Pyatt named Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library

TimPyatt.300x175A message from President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest University Students, Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to announce that Tim Pyatt has accepted my invitation to serve as the next Dean of the Wake Forest University Z. Smith Reynolds Library, effective August 3. Provost Rogan Kersh chaired a national search for a leader of impeccable experience and accomplishment to serve as a zealous advocate for the essential role of the library in learning, teaching and research. Throughout the process, Tim distinguished himself as the best choice for Wake Forest.

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Suzanne Reynolds Named Wake Forest School of Law Dean

suzanne.reynolds.300x175A message from President Nathan Hatch

Dear Wake Forest Faculty, Staff and Students,

I am pleased to announce that Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) has accepted my invitation to serve as the next Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law, effective July 1. Guided by members of the Board of Trustees, Board of Visitors, faculty and staff, Provost Rogan Kersh chaired a national search. After evaluating many excellent candidates, the committee selected Dean Reynolds, currently serving as interim dean, as the best choice for Wake Forest.

Dean Reynolds, who joined the Wake Forest law faculty in 1981, has served as interim dean for the past year. She is the first woman to head the law school.

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ACC honors President Hatch for exemplary service

20120817hatch7709The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has bestowed the “President’s Award for Exemplary Service to the ACC” to President Nathan O. Hatch.

The award was announced at the ACC’s spring meeting Tuesday evening.

Each year, the outgoing Conference President honors someone for commendable service to the ACC during the year of the president’s term or over an extended period of time.

Martha Putallaz, the 2014-2015 ACC President and faculty representative for Duke University, chose to honor Hatch for demonstrating exceptional leadership during what she called “a most pivotal, challenging and transformative time in the history of intercollegiate athletics.” 

In April 2010, Hatch agreed to represent the ACC on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and was then elected chair two years later. He served as Division I Board Chair from August 2012 until January 2015.

Under his leadership, the NCAA developed a new, more streamlined and efficient governance structure, raised academic standards, restructured enforcement, increased autonomy for power conferences, and brought student-athletes into the governance process, among other accomplishments.

He also played an instrumental role in the ACC expansion effort that welcomed the University of Notre Dame, where Hatch served as Provost prior to coming to Wake Forest, to the conference.

“President Hatch was able to achieve all that he did because he was a truly effective and patient leader, one who listened and could make all parties feel valued and heard, a man of great integrity trusted by all, and who truly represented the best interests of academics and athletics as a paired endeavor,” said Putallaz.

“It has been a privilege to represent Wake Forest, and all of the member institutions of the ACC, as the NCAA took historic steps to advance and modernize intercollegiate athletics,” said Hatch. “I accept this award with honor and gratitude for the people and institutions that have allowed me to pursue my professional and personal passions as an academic, an administrator and an athletics supporter.”

Hatch recognized for advancing campus-community engagement

President Nathan HatchNorth Carolina Campus Compact, a network of 33 public and private colleges and universities committed to community engagement, has honored Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch for outstanding leadership of the University’s community engagement efforts.

Hatch will receive the 2015 Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award at the network’s annual PACE Conference on Feb. 18. The PACE Conference draws more than 250 faculty and staff to explore topics related to service-learning and community engagement.

Named in honor of Elon University’s president, the Lambert Award is given annually to one North Carolina college or university leader who is committed to creating and sustaining efforts that deeply impact community and campus. The honoree is nominated and selected by fellow presidents and chancellors whose institutions are members of the Compact network.

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Administrative support for Imam Khalid Griggs

Griggs.300x175A message from President Nathan Hatch to Wake Forest students, faculty and staff

When Imam Khalid Griggs was named Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life in 2010, I spoke about the strength of Wake Forest’s religious heritage as we sought to provide religious leadership for the University’s Muslim community. At that time, I said, “This position will promote an even broader dialogue among people of different faith traditions and encourage a greater awareness of differing beliefs, both of which are critical to enriching the quality of our campus community.”

Since then, the Wake Forest campus community has supported Imam Griggs and his efforts to build bridges among people of many faiths.

Until now, I, along with other University leaders, trustees and Imam Griggs, have not publicly addressed an ongoing campaign an alumnus has waged against Imam Griggs, as well as our University. We have found the allegations of this alumnus unmerited and his methods inappropriate, and we elected not to provide him a platform. However, a recent escalation of his tactics requires a public response.

I want Wake Forest students, faculty, staff and alumni to know where their institutional leadership stands – in full support of Imam Griggs. Imam Griggs is an experienced, well-respected religious leader whose pastoral care and interfaith engagement assist Muslim students and people of all backgrounds on our campus.

In an open letter sent to all Wake Forest alumni yesterday, Imam Griggs sought to reassure our many alumni who recently have received confusing emails from the alumnus.

Our heritage is one of affirming diversity and of supporting community members, especially when they are unfairly targeted. On behalf of the entire Reynolda Cabinet, and with the support of the Board of Trustees, I wish to publicly thank Imam Griggs for the courage, grace and commitment he has demonstrated in these difficult circumstances.

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