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Mur Muchane named Assoc. VP for Information Technology & CIO

Mur.Muchane.300x175Wake Forest has named Mur Muchane Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO). He will assume his duties in January.

Muchane, who currently serves as CIO and Executive Director of Information Technology (IT) Services at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., is known for his creative leadership in exploring opportunities for managing campus needs through advances in technology.

In addition to improving transparency, service levels and responsiveness in IT Services, Muchane re-shaped the IT landscape at Davidson and expanded the sense of what to expect from this field. He led the effort to upgrade the campus to a fiber optic network, providing the capacity and performance necessary to meet Davidson’s rapidly growing needs of voice, video, data, high-end research and collaboration. He also helped forge Davidson’s partnership with edX — joining universities such as Harvard, University of Chicago, MIT and Georgetown — to produce a series of online courses and high school Advanced Placement online modules.

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Call for nominations: Faculty director, Pro Humanitate Institute

seal.300x150The following is a message from Provost Rogan Kersh:

I’m pleased to issue this call for nominations of our faculty director for the new Pro Humanitate Institute.

As described previously on Inside WFU, the Institute consolidates Wake Forest’s various community engagement efforts, including the former Institute for Public Engagement, which sponsored engaged teaching and research along with local community outreach, as well as the former Office of Service and Social Action, which facilitated opportunities for students to connect with the community, serve others and explore social-justice issues.

A terrific staff team, helmed by co-directors Norma-May Isakow and Mary Gerardy, will work closely with the faculty director in advancing various Pro Humanitate programs, initiatives and research/creative collaboration across campus and beyond.

Nominations (of oneself or another Reynolda Campus faculty member) may be submitted to Kimberly Quick, Fellow in the Office of the Provost, at quickr0@wfu.edu. They should include a current CV, and be received by October 24.

Questions may be addressed to Lynn Sutton, Vice Provost, at suttonls@wfu.edu.

Wake Forest announces new Pro Humanitate Institute

seal.300x150A message from Provost Rogan Kersh

“Pro Humanitate” has long served as a guiding principle in all aspects of life at Wake Forest, reflecting our deep commitment to the betterment of humankind.  In that spirit I am pleased to announce the creation of a new Pro Humanitate Institute whose mission will be to enable students, faculty and staff to live out the many dimensions of the University’s motto.

Pro Humanitate at Wake Forest is a dynamic concept that grows and changes with the University to meet each new generation’s needs. The launch of the Pro Humanitate Institute is a signature next step in affirming our motto.

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Provost Kersh on Wake Will: $400 million milestone interwoven with faculty, staff accomplishments

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The recent announcement that Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest has surpassed the $400 million mark is a vital milestone along our path towards raising the $600 million that will support our University in many essential ways.

These funds are predominantly directed to strengthening and renewing our ability to carry out our core academic mission. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read about the impact of the campaign on the Wake Will website. The most recent stories focus on our URECA Center for faculty-mentored undergraduate research, the cross-University approach to wellbeing, and a piece featuring eight generations of faculty members over two centuries, from Samuel Wait to Mary Dalton, who successively taught one another.

Since the launch of the Wake Will campaign last fall, we have regularly showcased ways in which the campaign relates to the vital work that faculty and staff do every day. Below I address some frequently asked questions about Wake Will from our faculty, staff, students, and alumni, further exploring how the funds raised support WFU’s commitment to academic excellence and our teacher-scholar ideal.

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Kersh to present on Generation Y

Rogan KershWake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh will speak on Generation Y at a June 25 event at Wake Forest Biotech Place. Free and open to the public, the event will be presented by the Technology Council of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.  Online registration is requested.

Kersh’s presentation is titled “Generation Y: A Field Guide and Business Impact.”

The event will start at 9 a.m. Following Kersh’s presentation, there will be a 15-minute period for attendees to ask questions. The program, expected to last approximately one hour, will be held in the auditorium.

Kersh’s talk is part of the Tech Council’s Speaker Series, which features discussions on topics related to Winston-Salem’s innovation-based economy. In part, the events are intended to offer opportunities to meet people involved and interested in developing Winston-Salem’s future.

Wake Forest Biotech Place is at 575 N. Patterson Ave. in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. Parking is available in the lot directly north of Biotech Place.

Sutton appointed Vice Provost

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Dean of Z. Smith Reynolds Library Lynn Sutton has been appointed Vice Provost. Effective July 1, Sutton will move into the role currently held by Jennifer Collins, who will become the dean of Southern Methodist University’s law school.

As ZSR dean since 2008, Sutton has been a dynamic leader who helped elevate our library to national prominence, emphasizing close connections with faculty and students.  In 2011, Wake Forest won the national Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries , and remains among the smallest universities ever to receive this prominent award in the university category.  Among her many transformative accomplishments, Sutton has presided over the conversion of ZSR librarians to faculty members; led the adoption of advanced technology that includes our signature ZSRx online courses for specialized audiences such as WFU alumni and parents of current undergraduates; and raised funds to enable the expansion and significant renovation of the library space. Thanks to her leadership, the library is known campus-wide as a hospitable environment for everything from a conversation with colleagues at Starbucks to a quiet nook for research/writing to the perfect place for a Friday-night zombie hunt.

“Lynn’s remarkable creative spirit and her proven ability to work with constituents from every quarter to achieve ambitious goals across academic, student-focused, and research/creative areas made her an obvious choice,” said Provost Rogan Kersh. “She also has developed very strong professional relationships with many key stakeholders across the Wake Forest community, so can swiftly shoulder an immense range of existing activities and programs as well as generating innovative solutions to issues we face—all of which is essential given the kaleidoscope of changes affecting universities nationwide.”

Sutton has held many leadership positions throughout her career and just completed a term as President of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries.  Her scholarly interests range from intellectual freedom and leadership theory to the future of libraries and library collaboration across university campuses.  She received her AB and AMLS degrees from the University of Michigan and holds a Ph.D. in Education from Wayne State University, where she was later associate dean of their library system.

Sutton will remain in her library dean position during the coming year, with members of her wonderfully capable senior library staff assuming more day-to-day responsibilities for ZSR operations. A search advisory committee will be formed in the fall to choose a successor as dean of ZSR Library.

Champions of Change winners announced on Earth Day

Wake Forest’s celebration of Earth Day this year included the announcement of Champions of Change award winners. This is the first year of the program, which recognizes the creativity and innovation of individuals and teams who work to improve sustainability on campus. Provost Rogan Kersh and Sr. VP/CFO Hof Milam presented the awards.

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Strategic Resources Initiative report, spring 2014

A message from Provost Rogan Kersh and Senior Vice President Hof Milam.

Wake Forest’s Strategic Resources Initiative was launched in fall 2012 to identify sources of new revenue and cost savings that could be applied to student financial aid, faculty and staff compensation, and other strategic University priorities, including academic programs and facilities.  As our work began, the financial outlook for higher education across the U.S. remained worrisome, even as internal financial pressures continued to mount.  The target SRI goal of $5-10 million in recurring operating funds is the equivalent of receiving a new endowment of $100-200 million.  The Initiative is a vital part of our strategy to establish Wake Forest on more solid financial ground.

In April 2013 after the initial year of work, the SRI Steering Committee (membership at Appendix A of the full report) issued a ‘discussion draft’ with $6.2 million in cost reductions and revenue increases over time.  Several WFU-wide presentations followed, along with many informal group and individual conversations; ultimately, faculty and staff provided valuable feedback resulting in changes to several SRI recommendations.

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Provost invites faculty and staff to gather at Zick’s

Zick's logo with pizzaFaculty and staff are invited to another “get-together/happy hour” in the Provost’s series of informal gatherings.

The event will be held at Zick’s on Monday, April 21, from 4-5:30 p.m., in the old Post Office location on Hearn Plaza.

Look forward to seeing everyone there!