"Presidential News" Archive

Winter break extended by four days

Earlier today, in her presidential address, Dr. Wente announced a four-day extension to the University’s 2021-2022 winter break, which will now begin Monday, Dec. 20 and continue through Monday, Jan. 3. 

Staff who are typically not eligible for paid leave during the winter break will be granted four days of administrative leave between Monday, Dec. 20, and Thursday, Dec. 23, if they were scheduled to work.

Understandably, some colleagues will not be able to take advantage of the extended winter break due to their roles supporting critical University processes and priorities. Campus leaders in those areas are working to identify a time in the coming calendar year for teams to take collective time away. 

After Dr. Wente’s announcement, Human Resources shared additional information about what this news means for employees. They also shared detailed information about PTO usage, carryover and donation. 

Dr. Wente delivers first Presidential Address

On November 19, Dr. Susan R. Wente delivered her first presidential address as the 14th president of Wake Forest University. In her remarks, she shared about her journey of discovery, engagement and initial observations. To view or read the address, please visit the president’s website.

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Save the Date: Dr. Wente to deliver presidential address

President Wente portrait

At the invitation of the Faculty Senate and Senate President Matthew Phillips, Dr. Susan R. Wente will share her first presidential address on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at 9 a.m., in the Sutton Center. The address will be followed by a reception for those in attendance. Those who are unable to attend the address in person are invited to view the livestream of the address or find the recording on the president’s website. Please take a moment to RSVP or to submit a question for Dr. Wente.

University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council (UDEIC) news

President Wente portrait

On September 21, 2021, President Wente announced the creation of the University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council (UDEIC) to support the institution’s progress regarding matters of diversity, equity and inclusion.

This council will be advisory to President Wente and charged with supporting Wake Forest’s continual and ongoing commitment to each member of our community. The UDEIC will assess and provide input on the University’s progress toward fostering and sustaining inclusivity and belonging. The UDEIC will also be positioned to advise President Wente on emerging situations and to serve as an essential conduit for the campus community.

The University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council includes students, staff, faculty and alumni from across the Wake Forest community as well as a representative from the Board of Trustees.

Read more and meet the appointees to the Council.

WFU Remembers General Colin L. Powell

Photo of General Colin L. Powell wearing Wake Forest University regalia standing behind a podium that says "Wake Forest University." He is speaking into a microphone and pointing toward a crowd gathered for the 2004 WFU Commencement Ceremony, where Powell was the keynote speaker.Wake Forest University is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of General Colin L. Powell.

General Powell was the University’s 2004 Commencement speaker. In his first commencement address as U.S. Secretary of State, Powell interspersed national policy with advice for Wake Forest’s 1,597 graduates. Powell said the impulse to do the right thing should apply to both individuals and nations.

“When people are suffering, and you can help them, you help them,” Powell said. “You act. You do what’s right. That’s the American way.”

During the pandemic, Powell participated in a virtual conversation with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in March 2021 as part of the University’s Face to Face Speaker Forum. He and Albright were scheduled to appear in person at Wake Forest on Nov. 9, 2021. Updates will be shared on the Face to Face Speaker Forum website.

“Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with General Powell’s family, friends and those who served with him. We are grateful for General Powell’s service to our country and his example of leading with character and integrity,” said Wake Forest President Susan R. Wente.

This post originally appeared on the Wake Forest News website.