"Presidential News" Archive

With Gratitude: Message from President Wente

President Susan R. Wente shared a message of gratitude with the campus community. Read the message here »

An update from President Wente on the Strategic Framework

Dear colleagues,

As laid out in my From Wente’s Desk blog post last week, the next steps are being taken to develop our new Strategic Framework aimed at fueling our momentum into a third century as an academic institution focused on excellence. Today I am pleased to announce the launch of our Strategic Framework website, which will serve as a key platform for sharing information and documenting our progress going forward.  As our Strategic Framework process evolves, so will the website, so please continue to visit the site as we move through this year. 

I am also excited to announce the full composition of the Core Planning Team, a key entity in ensuring inclusive, collective and transparent engagement. The Core Planning Team’s overall charge is to bring forward a full draft of a strategic framework to me in May 2023.  As a first step, the team will engage faculty, staff, and students in listening sessions during September and October in order to understand our community’s perspectives on what is distinctive about Wake Forest and where our focus should be to truly differentiate us from other great universities into the future. The listening sessions will inform a set of themes to be announced in November upon which the framework will be based. Together, the Core Planning Team and I will then identify and charge Thematic Working Groups, who will take deep dives into each theme to conduct an analysis of where we are currently and where we should focus forward as a Great University. Embedded in this work, I have charged Vice President Villalba to regularly convene with the Core Planning Team and with representatives from each of the Thematic Working Groups to ensure that best practices in promoting inclusive excellence are woven throughout the resulting cohesive, actionable framework.  Read more

Announcing the Strategic Framework Process

In her August blog post, President Susan R. Wente outlines the “why” and “why now” for the university community investing effort in developing the vision for 2034, when WFU will celebrate its 200th anniversary. The structure, timeline and opportunities for engagement are also shared.

Welcome to the new academic year

President Wente portrait

President Susan Wente shared a message with faculty and staff regarding the start of the Fall 2022 semester. In it, she discussed beginning to craft the University’s strategic direction as we look ahead to 2034 when Wake Forest will celebrate its 200th anniversary. Read the full message here »

A message from President Wente

President Susan R. Wente shared a message about Atrium Health’s announcement of an exciting plan to join together with Advocate Aurora Health, a leading healthcare organization based in Chicago and Milwaukee. Read her full message here »