This message was emailed by President Hatch on Oct. 27:
Dear Wake Forest alumni, parents, and friends / students, faculty, and staff,
During Homecoming Weekend in 2013, we celebrated the launch of Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest with the belief that alumni, parents, and friends would rally behind our vision of preparing students to lead lives that matter. We planned to invest a total of $600 million in the Reynolda Campus by 2018.
More than 50,000 of us have made a financial gift to Wake Will. We funded 300 new scholarships, 327 new student aid funds, endowed ten new faculty chairs, created 30 new funds supporting academic departments, and enabled the renovation of the core of the Wake Forest campus and given rise to vital new facilities.
Wake Will has fueled impressive momentum for our University:
I share the following news with great gratitude for what we have accomplished together: our Wake Forest community has donated more than $625 million, exceeding our original Wake Will campaign goal two years ahead of schedule.
The future for Wake Forest is bright, the possibility of what we can achieve is unbounded, and the responsibility we owe to future generations of Wake Foresters weighs heavy. Over the past three years, I have been asked on numerous occasions to answer the question inspired by our campaign, “What, exactly, will Wake do?”
Our current trajectory allows me to answer with great confidence, Wake Will Lead.
Wake Will Lead by investing in our signature strengths and emerging opportunities that prepare students to thrive in an unpredictable and dynamic world. When applied to our personal model of education, these signatures reflect closely held Wake Forest traditions, yet evoke questions only answered by innovation and an investment of philanthropic resources. How can Wake Forest enhance our ability to:
Wake Will Lead provides answers to these questions and promises Wake Forest will claim a leadership position in signature strengths and emerging opportunities.
Each dean and campus leader – to include those leading the undergraduate college, the graduate school, professional schools, campus life, Reynolda House and athletics department – has accepted the challenge to identify how they will lead in their respective fields as we seek to invest $400 million beyond our original goal in the Reynolda Campus by 2020. By raising a total of $1 billion in a decade, Wake Will Lead us into a new era where philanthropy can fuel Wake Forest’s aspirations and reduce our dependence on student tuition.
I am enthusiastic about what a commitment to lead makes possible for our community of learning and grateful for your continuous support. Please join me in celebrating our promising future.
Nathan O. Hatch