Following a national search, Ashleigh Hala, MSW, LCSW, has been named director of the Office of Wellbeing at Wake Forest University. Hala, a licensed clinical social worker, has most recently served as director of Wellness & Prevention Services at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
While at Babson, Hala also served as associate director of wellness and director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services. Hala brings to Wake Forest institutional leadership experience and service. She holds certifications in Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students as well as restorative practices, leadership in prevention, peer education and sexual violence prevention.
Hala is active in both the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and was recently elected co-chair of the NASPA Wellness Knowledge Community. In the last year, she has presented nationally on an array of topics including health equity, sexual abuse, restorative practices, prevention work with student athletes and alcohol amnesty policy development.
“As I think about the next decade in campus life at Wake Forest, attention to health equity, sexual and relationship violence, and the held trauma of our community members will be critical,” said Assistant Vice President for Health and Wellbeing James Raper. “Ashleigh is exceptionally positioned to lead and partner in this work.”
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Wake Forest’s public health efforts,” said Hala. “With my exceptional team, I am excited to holistically advance the health and wellbeing of our students.”