A message from President Hatch about Innovation Quarter

This message was emailed by President Hatch to faculty and staff on March 17:

Dear Wake Forest Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to inform you that earlier this week College faculty voted to approve undergraduate academic programs in Engineering and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. As many of you know, these new programs, in addition to a concentration in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery, will anchor our undergraduate presence in Innovation Quarter, which we plan to refer to as Wake Downtown.

This endeavor – under the remarkable leadership of Provost Rogan Kersh and Dean Michele Gillespie – is the culmination of more than a year spent exploring and planning academic programs with input from faculty from all corners of campus.

Just as the next-generation building complex that literally and figuratively brings medical and liberal arts education together under one roof will greatly enhance students’ opportunities for closer collaboration and deeper engagement, the new undergraduate programs will build upon the strengths of our liberal arts and medical school faculty.

We will publicly announce these programs on Friday, March 18. For more information, I invite you to visit wfu.edu tomorrow or check out the FAQ on the Provost’s website.

Finally, I would like to extend my gratitude to the faculty and staff whose dedicated efforts have made this latest chapter in Wake Forest’s history possible. The frontier of science and technology has rarely been as exciting as it is today.


Nathan O. Hatch