Congratulations to retiring faculty and staff

A letter from President Nathan Hatch to the community

Dear Wake Forest Faculty, Staff and Students,

Commencement season is a time of celebration and new beginnings for those about to graduate. It is also a time to say thank you and bid farewell to many of our friends, colleagues and mentors who have made Wake Forest University their 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 profoundly grateful for the countless contributions from this remarkable group of individuals, who together have more than 600 years of service to the University:


  • Mary DeShazer, Professor of English and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Claire Hammond, Professor of Economics
  • Jim Kuzmanovich, Professor of Mathematics
  • Candyce Leonard, Professor of Communication
  • Joe Milner, Professor of Education
  • Ron Noftle, Professor of Chemistry
  • Ralph Tower, Wayne Calloway Professor of Taxation


  • Reina Alvarado, Custodian, Facilities and Campus Services
  • Marciano Alvarado, Custodian, Facilities and Campus Services
  • Gail Arnette, Accountant, Finance and Accounting
  • Anne Bishop, Director of Applications Development, Information Systems
  • Marty Edwards, Director of Development, Reynolda House
  • Mary Margarett Evans, Director of Foundation Relations, Advancement
  • Yvonne Greenlee, Physician Assistant, Student Services
  • Harold Holmes, Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Services, Campus Life
  • Candide Jones, Assistant Director, Wake Forest University Press
  • Jean Kimmer, Associate Registrar, Registrar’s Office
  • Mary Lou McCormick, Administrative Assistant, Admissions
  • Ernest Priddy Jr., Custodian, Facilities and Campus Services
  • Jean Reader, Circulation Desk Supervisor, Professional Center Library, School of Law
  • Brenda Sargent, Administrative Assistant, School of Law
  • Dian Smith, Recruiting Coordinator, School of Law
  • Claudia Stitt, Manager of Service Management, Information Systems
  • Judy Swicegood, Administrative Coordinator, Physics
  • Becky Wall, Lead Housekeeper, Graylyn

A tribute video highlights some of the group’s wonderful memories and shows how recent retirees are staying connected to Wake Forest.

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