Congratulations to retiring faculty, staff

The following is a message from President Nathan Hatch: 


While commencement season always brings about a sense of new beginnings and opportunities, it’s also a time to say thank you and bid farewell to many of our friends, colleagues and mentors who have called Wake Forest University home.

Please join me in congratulating and commemorating a marvelous class of Reynolda Campus faculty and staff retiring from Wake Forest this year. We are grateful for the many contributions from this remarkable group of individuals, who together have more than 800 years of service to the University:


  • Andrew Ettin, Professor of English
  • Herman Eure, Professor of Biology
  • Alix Hitchcock, Instructor of Art
  • Hugo Lane, Professor of Biology and Health Professionals Advisor
  • Perry Patterson, Professor of Economics and Lecturer in Russian
  • Bob Plemmons, Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Jenny Puckett, Lecturer in Romance Languages
  • Paul Ribisl, Charles E. Taylor Professor of Health and Exercise Science
  • Jeanne Simonelli, Professor of Anthropology
  • Harry Titus, Professor of Art History
  • Robert Utley, Associate Professor of Humanities
  • Stan Whitley, Professor of Romance Languages


  • Wanda Adams, Inventory Specialist, University Stores
  • Linda Early, Head of Monographic Acquisitions, Z. Smith Reynolds Library
  • Julie Griffin, Director of CHAMPS/Life Skills, Athletics
  • Ross Griffith, Director of Institutional Research
  • Toby Hale, Associate Dean of the College
  • Donna Hamilton, Associate Vice President and Senior Counsel
  • Randy MacDonald, Communications Officer, University Police
  • Beverly Marshall, Faculty Secretary, School of Law
  • Patricia McElroy, Nurse, Student Health Service
  • Bob Mills, Associate Vice President, University Advancement
  • Charles Nicholson, Custodian
  • Julie Patrick, Traffic Coordinator, WFDD
  • Patricia Samuels, Copy Center Technician, School of Business
  • Brenda Scott, Gift Accounting Coordinator, Athletics
  • Lillian Shelton, Director of Secrest Artists Series
  • Carole Stuart, Physician, Student Health Service
  • Charlene Watkins, Assistant Vice President of Student Life
  • Camilla Wilcox, Reynolda Gardens Curator of Education

A wonderful tribute video highlighting the memories and accomplishments of some of this year’s retirees is available here.

To our esteemed group of retiring faculty and staff, I thank you for sharing your impressive talents with the Wake Forest community for so many years. We will always be proud to call you Demon Deacons.